High Court Judge Justice Jane Kiggundu confessed to mourners how she left her husband Patrick Kiggundu, the former Kyotera Member of Parliament, after a nasty accident which left him crippled and incapacitated even though she was quick to point out that She did it after consulting both her parents and the deceased’s.
Patrick Kiggundu, also a former Corporation Secretary at the New Vision, died on Friday after spending 15 years bedridden following the nasty accident he was involved in Lwera along Masaka-Kampala Highway in June 1998. At the time of the accident, according to JB Kakooza, his close friend, Kiggundu was travelling to Kampala and then Entebbe Airport to catch a flight to London for a conference.
Kiggundu, who had spent two years in Parliament representing Kyotera, sustained serious head injuries. Dr. Jimmy Ssekitoleko, his young brother says Kiggundu’s brain was so damaged that several of the tissues were tampered with and this affected his memory.
According to Dr. Ssekitoleko, after several weeks in intensive care at Mulago Hospital he decided to take him to his home in Bwala Hill, Masaka Municipality and started treating him personally.
Kiggundu remained paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for 15 years. He also suffered diabetes until last week when he died.
Patrick Kiggundu married Jane Kiggundu in 1988. But Jane Kiggundu left him a year after the accident and disappeared to Kampala.
For the first time since leaving their marital home with her three children in 1999, Justice Kiggundu returned to Botera village near Kalisizo town council where her husband was buried on Sunday.
Justice Kiggundu told mourners that so many things had been said about her marriage and she wanted to set the record clear.
Flanked by her three daughters, the judge said she decided to leave her husband and go look for money to take care of the children. She explained that by the time her husband got an accident, she did not have a decent job and she suffered a lot looking for money to educate their children.
Lady Justice Kiggundu said as a result, she decided to consult both her parents in Mbarara and Kiggundu’s family members in Botera, who approved her leaving since their bread winner had been incapacitated affecting their income. She adds that it was after appointing her a judge by President Yoweri Museveni that life improved and managed to educate her children who have now graduated.
Maria Nagawa, one of the late Kiggundu’s daughters, said they loved their dad despite staying away from him for a long time. She told mourners that although they now stay in the United States where they are pursuing different courses, they used to write to their father and they prayed for his recovery.
Nagawa said they will miss their father because they have not really met and talked to him in a long time until his death.
Kyotera County MP Haruna Kasolo said Kiggundu died a disappointed man after the accident. He claimed that the accident left his family divided which created a lot of confusion even after the death. He said that although they wanted Parliament to convene and recognize Kiggundu’s contribution, his family blocked the move.
President Yoweri Museveni contributed 15 million shillings towards Kiggundu’s burial on Sunday.