Drama As DP Founding Member is Laid to Rest

Vice president Ssekandi at the burial of Musoke
Vice president Ssekandi at the burial of Musoke

Democratic Party and NRM supporters in Bukomansimbi district have clashed at the burial of 90-year-old Daniel Musoke, a founder DP member.

Musoke was the only surviving brother of the late Benedicto Kiwanuka,  Uganda’s first premier, former Chief Justice and DP president.

He was laid to rest on Tuesday at Kisaabwa village in Kibinge Sub County Bukomansimbi district.

Musoke’s burial attracted key politicians including vice president Edward Ssekandi, DP vice president John Baptist Kawanga, Mathias Nsubuga, DP secretary general and Bukomansimbi district Woman MP Suzan Namaganda.

However, the funeral didn’t pass without drama. It all started after the DP delegation led by John Baptist Kawanga decided to take full control of the requiem mass and proposed to bury the deceased in their party colors drawing angry reactions from NRM members in the area.

NRM supporters led by Morris Peter Kagimu Kiwanuka, Uganda’s ambassador Switzerland, Issa Ssansa, the Kitanda Sub County Chairperson and RDC Mukasa Kityo rose up in protest. Kagimu, a nephew to the deceased insisted that DP leaders couldn’t chant their party slogans at a burial they had not financed.

NRM supporters jealously guarding Musoke's coffin
NRM supporters jealously guarding Musoke’s coffin

The officials called in police, which blocked the DP officials from proceeding with the funeral.  Kagimu reminded the mourners that he had singlehandedly cleared the medical bills of the deceased without any support from DP.

He explained that he stayed the burial for almost a week to enable him travel from Switzerland to Uganda and there was no way he could allow opposition politicians to manipulate the event moreover in the presence of the Vice President.

Edward Mugweri, the greater Masaka deputy Regional Police Commander instructed his personnel to move in and confiscate Democratic Party flag and banners. Kagimu also blocked the DP leaders from giving speeches saying they didn’t have any have control at the funeral.

The Democratic Party Leaders condemned the incident and accused police for acting on the orders of the ruling NRM officials to suffocate them. Matthias Nsubuga, the DP Secretary General said that what transpired at the burial of their departed party founder substantiated their long arguments that Uganda Police Force is Partisan.

Suzan Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi district Woman Member of Parliament described the incident as part of the plans by the ruling party to witch-hunt opposition politicians.

Daniel Musoke's Coffin after the DP flag was confiscated by police
Daniel Musoke’s Coffin after the DP flag was confiscated by police

She said that it was wrong for the Police to bow to the demands of the Ruling party and block them from honoring a senior party member.

In his speech Ssekandi urged the mourners to pray for the deceased not meet the same confusion that transpired at his burial.  He described the deceased as a friendly person who lived a life beyond his party lines.

Musoke was buried under tight security by the anti-riot police and the Vice Presidents’ Security Personnel.

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