Dramatic scenes were witnessed at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero in Kampala as two families fought for the body of lawyer Bob Kasango following a disagreement on where he should be buried.
The lawyer’s siblings and mother want him to be buried at their ancestral home in the eastern Uganda district of Tororo while his wife and children want him to be buried at his farm in Fort Portal, in the western end of the country.
During the funeral service, it was announced that he was to be buried at Gweri village in Kabarole district on Thursday, about 2kms from Fort Portal town along the Kamwenge road.
But his siblings couldn’t take any of this. They started a scuffle forcing the funeral service team to cancel the viewing session and rolled the body out of the church.
The pallbearers looked on in disbelief as a group of youths who claimed to be the deceased’s brothers with the support of his mother, Rose Kabise, grabbed the body, loaded it on a waiting truck and sped off.
Kabise insisted that her son cannot be buried at the in-law’s place in Fort Portal. James Kasango, who said he was the deceased’s elder brother said burying Kasango in Tooro was disrespectful and tantamount to lowering their dignity.
But the widow, Nice Bitarabeho Kasango and her relatives insisted that the deceased willed that he should be buried at his own home in Fort Portal. Some of the in-laws said all efforts would be applied to ensure Kasango is buried in his land in Fort Portal.
The police meanwhile dispatched a team that chased after the truck which was headed to Tororo and intercepted it at Namugongo in Kira Municipality.
“The late Bob Kasango is a born of Tororo but marries from Tooro,” Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman, Patrick Onyango said in a statement.
According to Onyango, the police chased after the truck after the lawyer’s widow reported to police.
The body has since been handed over to A-Plus “under the protection of the police” until the family agrees on where to bury the deceased.
Kasango died in Luzira Prison last Saturday, according to widow Bitarabeho, after battling heart complications. He was serving a 16-year jail term handed to him in 2018 after he was found guilty of theft of 15.4 Billion Shillings which was intended to clear more than 6,000 pensioners.
He is survived by three children; Samara Paul Kasango, Stefanie Gracia Karungi Kasango and Ivana Zeta Murungi Kasango.
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