Kampala. Commissioner of Police Okello Makmot died of a blood clot while in the airport lounge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
While confirming the cause of death, the State minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Okello Oryem, yesterday said Makmot was travelling from United States via Dubai to Uganda when he died.
“True, he died of a blood clot at Dubai airport transit lounge,” Mr Oryem said.
The Deputy Police spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, said the Ministry of Internal Affairs is in charge of bringing back the body.
“I am told his relatives are to travel to Abu Dhabi where a post-mortem is likely to be carried out first before the body is brought back,” he said.
The deceased’s relatives are required to identify the body before the post-mortem is done.
Makmot is the third government official to die while travelling back to Uganda.
The former minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, died of a heart disease in Dubai, UAE, as he was travelling from South Korea in September 2015.
Another victim, Ambassador Najuna Njuneki collapsed on the plane as he was travelling from Sweden and died in South Africa in September 2016.
Makmot was the coordinator of the national focal point on Small Arms and Light Weapons at the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the time of his death.
He is known for leading an operation in stopping cattle thefts and disarmament process in Karamoja and Teso sub-regions, where he was the commander of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in 2007.
In 2011, Makmot resigned from police for politics, but he later returned and was recruited on contract.
During his stay in the police, he worked in the directorate of Logistics and Engineering and directorate of Operations.
In 2006, he was the regional police commander for West Nile region.
In 2004, he was the police commander in Luweero District and later Katwe Police Station.