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    Kasango: His Real Father Was A Musoga! He Should Be Buried At His Tooro Home Within 4 Days Amidst Tight Security – Court Rules, My Son’s Remains Will Find Their Way To Tororo – Mother Vows…

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    Deceased lawyer, Bob Kasango

    The mother to the late city lawyer, Robert Kasango, also known as Bob Kasango has vowed to not step foot in Fort Portal to burry his own son after a prolonged court battle with her daughter-in-law over where the deceased lawyer was to be “rightfully” buried.

    The deceased’s wife, Nice Kasango Bitarabeho wanted the remains of his husband to be buried in Fort Portal where he was set to build his country home whereas his mother, Rosie Kabise wanted the remains laid to rest in Tororo district.

    The late Kasango’s mother was so enraged after the Family Division of the High Court today afternoon ruled and directed that the remains of lawyer Bob Kasango be buried in Fort Portal.

    “We won’t attend the burial in Fort Portal. I carried him for 9 months in my womb and court decides that my son should be buried at his in laws’ place! Even if it is 100 years, the remains will be brought to Tororo,” Kabise said.

    Justice Lydia Mugambe who presided over the case noted that the burial should be done within four days from today, amidst tight security. She directed that Police and other local authorities should ensure the burial ceremony is conducted peacefully, and also gave special orders that the deceased’s mother be allowed to attend the burial.

    Kasango’s mother and other relatives from his ancestral side however swore that they cannot tolerate such “nonsense” and cannot therefore be part of the burial in Fort Portal.

    Cause Of The Case

    For almost a month now, deceased lawyer, Bob Kasango has not been buried since he died of heart failure last month as he was being driven from Luzira Prison where he was serving a 15-year jail term to Mulago Referral Hospital for better treatment.

    Kasango was pronounced dead, people mourned and plans to burry him were made, not until towards his burial when the police had to intervene in a fight between Kasango’s relatives, arising from a conflict over where he should be buried, involving the side of the deceased’s parents and his wife’s family.

    After the Church service at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, Kasango’s relatives from Tororo organised young men who came and grabbed away the body, asserting that they were heading to Tororo for burial.

    However, the wife had also organised a burial ceremony for her late husband at her ancestral home in Tooro kingdom. But Kasango’s relatives refused, noting that their son cannot be buried in Tooro, which is a foreign land according to their culture and norms.

    His mother said she could not allow her son to be laid to rest at the wife’s ancestral grounds, as if she was the one who married him and had been taking care of him till his death.

    When the body was whisked away, the wife immediately reported to police and the body was intercepted by Police at Namugongo, in Kiira Municipality.

    This forced the wife to petition court for powers to bury the remains in Fort Portal, as Kasango’s corpse has since been under the protection of Police.

    Why Court Decided That Kasango Should Be Buried In Tooro

    On Friday, owing to evidence by the deceased’s mother that Kasango was born to a Musoga dad but was raised by his stepfather Okello Bonneventure of Tororo, Justice Lydia Mugambe said it was only prudent that the remains are buried at the ancestral home which the judge said can’t be Tororo.

    “In the patriarchal context of culture, the deceased in Busoga or Bulemeezi (where his father’s family migrated). Migrations of families is a historical practice in Uganda. It is accepted the family migrated from Busoga to Bulemeezi. However, there is no evidence that such migration changes one’s family, patriarchal ancestors. Migrations don’t affect anyone’s being a Musoga , Muganda or any other tribe,” Justice Mugambe ruled.

    “It therefore follows that if the deceased’s biological father was a Musoga, then there is no justification for the respondent (mother) to impose any culture on the deceased or his family.”

    The judge explained that since Kasango was not a Japadhola (according to mother’s evidence), it is therefore not right for anyone to force the Japadhola cultural beliefs on him.

    Justice Mugambe said that evidence indicates that there was no concrete relationship between the deceased’s family and the people from Tororo led by his mother in that he never showed them to his wife.

    She insisted there is no justification for Kasango to be buried at the ancestral home of his stepfather yet he could be buried at the land where he was set to build his country home in Fort Portal.

    The applicant (wife) told court that the deceased’s stepfather hated him so much he had even threatened to kill him before.

    The judge also maintained that she sees no obligation for the deceased to be buried on his Tororo land.

    “I am inclined to find that the deceased has not patriarchal cultural ties with the Japadhola tribe,” she said.

    According to Justice Lydia Mugambe, having been given a piece of land measuring one acre in Fort Portal for offering legal services to his wife’s family, Kasango’s immediate family including his wife and children only knew the land as their home, it is prudent that his remains are laid to rest there.

    The judge explained that the deceased’s children have never visited the alleged ancestral home in Tororo and that it is only satisfying that the remains are laid to rest where he was set to build his country home in Fort Portal.

    “The deceased’s children only have their mother to look up to. They have not bonded with their Tororo relatives. They are comfortable and at peace with burial at the land in Fort Portal which they regard as their country home. It is in the best interest of the children that their father is buried in the earliest time possible,” Justice Mugambe said.

    The judge also castigated the side of Kasango’s mother that he said had agreed to have the burial done in Fort Portal and sent in a shs24 million budget to the deceased’s wife to cater for their transport needs but the same was trimmed to only shs3 million.

    Lady Justice Mugambe said it was embarrassing that later, the family members showed up to grab the deceased’s casket from church and causing a fracas.

    “This development of events only points to a possible sinister motive in the respondent’s cultural claims. Based on all the above, I am satisfied and hereby direct that the deceased shall be buried at his land in Gweri Village, Fort Portal City in Kabarole district.”

    By Baron Kironde

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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