Parliament has observed a minute of silence in honour of the fallen member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Mathias Kasamba who died on Tuesday evening at Nakasero hospital in Kampala.
Kasamba who joined EALA 2017 after serving 15 years as Member of Parliament for Kakuuto county has also been the director of Mobilisation and Cadre development at the NRM secretariat.
According to the funeral program agreed upon by his family and the government, the former Kakuuto lawmaker’s remains will be taken to Ndeeba Catholic parish church at 10:00 am on Thursday for a requiem mass before being transferred to his home at Katovu-Mayanja in Kakuuto for a night vigil.
On Friday, his body will be taken to Ssanje Catholic Parish Church for a requiem mass before burial at 4:00 pm.
Earlier, MPs spoke to journalists and eulogized him as a charismatic and industrious leader and a role model in the agriculture sector.
Rose Mutonyi Masaaba (Bubulo West) described the late Kasamba as selfless, hardworking and a man of the people.
“He never thought about his disability. He was self-reliant and liked others…I think he has left a very big legacy behind for caring about others and teaching them what he knows especially in the agriculture field. I was always picking bitter eggplant seeds from him,” said Masaaba.
Masaaba emphasizes that Kasamba was a model in agriculture because he was good at coffee growing, vegetables and others.
Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West) spoke of Kasamba as one of the strongest legislators that Parliament whose works have been emulated by many MPs.
“Kasamba taught his colleagues how to make their constituencies sustainable by providing them with planting materials like potato vines,” Ssewungu said.
“His attendance in parliament was regular. While chairing the Committee on Agriculture, he proposed the giving out of maize seedlings because wealth creation had failed,” he added.
Alex Byarugaba, the Isingiro South MP described the death of Kasamba as unfortunate and that Uganda has lost a great son who loved work, people and to see transformation in the country.