Family of Dead UPDF Pilot Consider Exhuming his Body

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He was laid to rest on Tuesday at his maternal uncle’s home in Bunyu village in Mvara County in Arua district amidst protests from his father’s family.

Relatives of Captain William Leti, one of the UPDF soldiers killed in the chopper crash in Kenya are considering exhuming his body for burial at his parents’ home in Sudan Zone in Arua district.  Captain Leti was killed together with six other soldiers after three UPDF choppers en-route to Somalia crashed on Mountain Kenya, ten days ago.
 
He was laid to rest on Tuesday at his maternal uncle’s home in Bunyu village in Mvara County in Arua district amidst protests from his father’s family.  Mike Leti, a brother to the deceased army pilot says that they are considering exhuming his body for burial at his father’s home in Sudan zone. He accuses the army of forging a will to have his brother buried at his uncle’s home in Bunyu village instead of their parent’s home.
 
Mike Leti says that the family of the late airforce pilot is still holding a vigil at his father’s home in Sudan Zone as they wait for his body to be brought for burial. He accuses Major Bayo, who led the funeral arrangements for ordering the burial of his brother at Bunyu village without seeking the consent of his family.

Mike Leti warns that should the army fail to exhume the body of the deceased and hand it over to his family for burial, they will be left with no option but to secure a court order to exhume it. Lt. Mark Mutono, the West Nile UPDF spokesman says the army had no say in deciding where to bury the deceased soldier. He says that the army only followed the records provided by the deceased while joining the army indicating that he was from Bunyu village.

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He however says that the army will listen to the complaints of the family of the deceased much as they consulted some of his relatives who approved his burial at Bunyu village. Captain Leti is survived by a widow and four children. His colleagues were also buried at their ancestral homes on Tuesday.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

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