KAMPALA: President Museveni’s ex-bodyguard and a retired UPDF Captain, Alex Opolot has succumbed to Covid-19.
Opolot, who served for over 20 years in special military operations was pronounced breathed his last over the weekend at Prime Hospital in Namugongo, Kira division.
The deceased has been described by friends and family as a “great family man who was loved by his children to the moon and back.”
Born on January 21, 1962 in Bukedea district, Eastern Uganda, Opolot was among the first officers in the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU).
He survived action in Somalia where served as a peacekeeper.
Opolot attended Kumi Primary School and Father Hilders Primary school. He would later join Soroti Secondary School before joining Busitema College of Agriculture and Mechanization.
Opolot also worked with Peko Machinery Works in Soroti before joining the army.
He was attached to Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Presidential Protection Unit/Brigade.
Opolot was later deployed in Northern Uganda to battle the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels where he excelled in field intelligence operations.
He recently retired from the army and was working with Arrow Security Group of Captain Mike Mukula at the time of death.
The deceased’s friends say he was a very skilled footballer, great dancer, very peaceful and cheerful soldier.
He is survived by a widow and four children.
Opolot will be buried on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Odoot Etom, Okolotum, Kocheka Sub-County, Bukedea District.