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The remains of the late Lt.Gen Bazilio Olara Okello have been brought back to Uganda from Khartoum in Sudan for reburial at his ancestokelloral home in Madi Opei, Lamwo district. 

Lt Gen Okello was exiled to Sudan and sought asylum when in January 1986, the National resistance Army (NRA) over threw Gen Tito Okello Lutwa rule, where he was army commander, he  succumbed to diabetes and was buried in Sudan.

Bazilio Olara-Okello (1929 – 9 January 1990) was a Ugandan military officer and one of the commanders  of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) that together with the Tanzania Army overthrew Idi Amin in 1979.

In 1985, he was briefly the chairman of the ruling Military Council and de facto Head of State of Uganda, and later, Lieutenant General  and chief of the armed forces.

On 27 July 1985, an army brigade of the UNLA commanded by Olara-Okello, and composed mostly of Acholi troops, staged a coup d`etat against Milton Obote’s government and seized power. The National Assembly was dissolved and a Military Council was established. Between 27 and 29 July 1985, Olara-Okello was Chairman of the Military Council, and de facto head of state.

On 29 July, General Tito Okello replaced Olara-Okello as Chairman of the Military Council, and Olara-Okello was promoted from the rank of Brigadioe to that of Lieutenant General, and named chief of the armed forces.

He commanded the army until Yoweri Museveni`s National Resistance Army seized power on 26 January 1986. Olara-Okello fled to exile in Sudan, where he lived until he died in Omdurman Hospital in Khartoum on 9 January 1990.

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