Bob Kasango’s body spent a fourth night on Friday at the A-Plus funeral home as disagreements over where he should be buried continue to put his wife and children on a collision path with his mother and siblings.
And as the deceased’s friends pray for the controversy to be solved, a new one has emerged – the paternity of the fallen lawyer.
There have been media reports suggesting that Kasango is born of an Etesot father, Sam Okello, leading to questions as to how he adopted the Kasango name.
But his mother, Rose Kabise said in an interview that the said Sam Okello doesn’t have any paternity relationship with the deceased advocate.
She has thus promised to “reveal the true father at an appropriate time.”
Kabise who spoke to Uganda Radio Network (URN) from her family residence in Luzira, moments before she was taken to hospital said that because she is the only one who knows Kasango’s father, it forms part of the reason why she insists that her son should be buried at Wikusi village, in Tororo district.
Kabise said that Kasango was first named Robert Othieno but the name was changed to Robert Kasango because of an uncle who died at the time he was born.
“I have read stories claiming that Sam Okello is Kasango’s father,that is not true. I know the true father of my son. Sam Okello is not in any way related to him. I can call him a guardian. He helped to raise him,” Kabise said.
Kasango died on Saturday night at Luzira Murchison Bay hospital inside Luzira Prison where he was serving a 16-year jail term handed to him in 2018 after he was found guilty of stealing Shs 15 billion meant for more than 6000 pensioners.
He succumbed to heart complications.
Kabise said if Sam Okello was the true father, then the burial would be in Maguria village, Tororo county, but since Okello is not the biological father, her son will be buried at Wikusi in West Budama county, Tororo district.
Kabise promised to reveal more details when she recovers from illness.
The family added that they have not appointed the West Budama North East MP-elect Fox Odoi as their representative in the negotiations but he is volunteering.
It remains unclear when Kasango will be buried as the two families seem to be far from reaching a consensus.
“We had earlier agreed with Nice Bitarabeho [the widow] that burial would be in Tororo, but we were surprised when announcements were made that burial was to be in Fortportal,” Immaculate Alweny, a sister to Kasango said.
“We suspect there is someone pushing her for unknown reasons,” she added.
Efforts to speak to Bitarabeho were futile as she did not pick our calls.
The family said Kasango had bought land near their ancestral home in Wikusi and that there is a house he was building.
Solomon Opio, who was introduced as the last born of Kabise’s children, had earlier repeatedly said that burying Kasango in Fort Portal would lower their dignity.
James Kasango, another younger brother said they will ensure that Bob Kasango is laid to rest at their ancestral home. There was a scuffle on Tuesday at All Saints Church Nakasero as two the families fought for the deceased’s body.
Kasango’s casket was hijacked and loaded onto a waiting truck which sped off but was intercepted by the police at Namugongo in Kira Municipality.
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