The Uganda Police Force has revealed that a post-mortem examination carried out on the late Gen Paul Lokech’s body by a team of four pathologists has “concluded” he died of natural causes.
“During the autopsy, the pathologists opened the right lower leg, which got injured, and found a very big blood clot, that had formed in one of the big blood vessels. They further opened his chest and found part of the blood clot had been carried into the lungs. As a result, both vessels in the lungs were blocked, thus leading to the shortage in breath and subsequent death. It was thus concluded as death due to natural causes,” CP Fred Enanga, the Spokesperson of Uganda Police said on Sunday.
Enanga said the post-mortem was done in the presence of Brig. Gen. Dr Kusasira Stephen, the Director Medical Services in the UPDF, the personal Doctor of the late, Dr Khiingi Ben and two family representatives.
According to Enanga,the pathologists found out that the Deputy Inspector General of Police got a fracture of the right ankle joint, around the end of July, 2021.
” It was a simple fracture which was being managed at RUBY Medical Centre, by an Orthopedic Surgeon. They put a POP cast at the victim’s leg and managed him as an outpatient, with regular reviews. They further encouraged him to do mild exercises while at home,” he noted.
“It was further established that the pain in the right leg started increasing in the last 2-3days, and the victim notified his Orthopedic Surgeon, who scheduled an appointment for him on the 21.08.2021, at around 8.30am -900am. Indeed at around 7:54, the victim called the Orthopedic Surgeon to reconfirm their appointment. It is unfortunate, that shortly after, the victim started facing breathing problems and called his personal Doctor, Dr. Ben Khiingi, who rushed to the home, but found the victim breathing his last and died,” Mr Enanga added.
Meanwhile, Police authorities have tentatively detailed the burial arrangements for the fallen ‘Lion of Mogadishu’ as follows;
•Wednesday 25.08.2021: The body will be transported to his home at Kitikifumba in Kira Division, for prayers and viewing.
•Thursday 26.08.2021: The body will leave Kampala for his home in Baibir village in Pader District.
•Friday 27.08.2021: Burial will take place at Baibir Village, Ludele parish, Pader Town Council, in Pader District.
Mr Enanga announced that Gen Lokech will be buried with full honors from Uganda Police while the gun salute will be presented by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). “The pall bearers are UPDF officers at the rank of Major General, while the sword bearers are police officers at the rank of Commissioner,” he said.
The police has also cautioned mourners about observing the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“We want to inform all mourners and well wishers, planning on visiting the family or attending the vigil and service at the deceased’s home, that due to COVID-19, they are reminded to wear a mask, sanitize or regularly wash their hands with soap and also maintain social distancing.”
Mr Enanga warned that there would be a capacity limit with the burial arrangement at the home in Kampala, in Pader and at the burial grounds at Baibir village, Pader district.
He advised those planning on paying their last respects in the village to as well do so in a safe manner. He assured the nation that enforcement teams will maintain safety and security within and around all venues.
Major General Paul Lokech was pronounced dead on August 21,2021 just about eight months after he ascended to the post of Deputy IGP. He was appointed by president Yoweri Museveni in December 2020 at a time the country was gearing up for heated January 14th General Elections