Government has pledged Shs20 million towards burial expenses of former state minister Hebron Max Omeda who died on Wednesday afternoon at Soroti Regional Referral hospital.
He died at 73.
Soroti District chairperson Mike Girigori Engunyu, also the chairperson of burial committee, said government has committed itself to cater for the burial of Omeda slated for Saturday at his home village of Adipala, Atiira Sub-county, Serere District.
He said the remains of the deceased are currently at Mbale mortuary but will be brought to St Peters Cathedral in Serere for prayers on Friday and later the body will be taken to Adipala for a night vigil.
The late Omeda was a rebel commander-turned politician who served as the State minister for Housing and also Health and General duties.
He was appointed as the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Soroti District after retiring from parliamentary politics.
According to the medical records at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Omeda died of severe anaemia.
Mr William Omeda, the son of the late, said his father was admitted to the facility on Tuesday.
“We had plans to take him to Kampala for further medication but we failed,” he said.
Omeda was an RC3 of Atiira Sub -county in Serere, a position he used to coordinate subversive activities of the Uganda People’s Army (UPA), including the attack on Olio training wing of the National Resistance Army (NRA) in 1987 in a battle former UPA commanders dubbed Soroti 1.
As the NRA marshaled forces in reprisals, Omeda took to the bush in northern Teso to join Capt John Aleleu’s group and host of others such as Joseph Osigiria, Justine Eilor and Francis Eregu at Agerer UPA general headquarters in Amuria District.
The deceased started his primary education at Atira Primary School before completing from Kadungulu Primary School. He later joined Serere Junior Secondary.
In 1961, Omeda joined Aggery Memorial School in Buganda, one of the first private secondary school in East Africa for his secondary education.
After completing Senior Four in 1964, he joined the Uganda Police.
He also worked as the RDC Gulu, Soroti and Serere. But before that, he had been MP for Serere County in the 6th Parliament.
He was also the State Minister for Transport, Labour and Environment.