Blockage in Blood Vessel Killed Maj Gen Julius Oketta

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Major Gen Oketta died on Friday at Kadic Hospital, Bukoto moments after he complained of severe chest pain. Initial reports indicated that he suffered a heart attack. However, the postmortem report indicates that he died of Massive Pulmonary Embolism; a condition that usually results from a blood clot.

The Late Major General Julius Oketta suffered a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs, according to a postmortem report quoted by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

Major Gen Oketta died on Friday at Kadic Hospital, Bukoto moments after he complained of severe chest pain. Initial reports indicated that he suffered a heart attack. However, the postmortem report indicates that he died of Massive Pulmonary Embolism; a condition that usually results from a blood clot.

The confirmation was made during a special session to be tribute to the fallen Army General at parliament today.  Rugunda moved the tribute motion which was seconded by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kizza and Aswa county MP Regan Okumu.

Rugunda, a medical doctor, explained that in most of the cases, such situations occur when a clot leaves other parts of the body, mainly the leg and goes up into the heart, later pumped into the lungs causing a blockage of the artery and compromising breathing.
 
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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga described Oketta as a respectful person for authority despite his rank in the armed forces. Kadaga's message, delivered through her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah recited a declaration for submitting to civilian authority, a phrase that the deceased often used to indicate his respect for civilians.

Kadaga said that his commitment to the country cannot be questioned citing a number of positions in which he has served.
 
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The same sentiment is reiterated by Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza.
 
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Dan Kidega, the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly said that the passing of the late Oketta is a huge loss to Uganda and a blow to the several initiatives he was leading.
 
The late Major General Julius Oketta was the deputy coordinator Operation Wealth Creation. He was also serving as the Director National Emergency Coordination and Operations in the office of the Prime Minister.
 
"Uganda and the East African Community (EAC) have lost an extremely reliable and committed officer. As an army representative in parliament, the late Major General Oketta was articulate, courageous and a fearless legislator", Kidega said.

The late Major General Dr. Julius Oketta is survived by a widow Stella Oketta and nine children-five boys and four girls.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.