Eric Mukhwana, the spokesperson of Inzu Ya Bamasaba, said they will complete the roofing of the storied house today or today, adding that they may not complete the house but will put it at the level of hosting the late Umukuka’s body.
Inzu Ya Masaba Cultural Institution is struggling to
complete the house of the late Umukuka Bob Mushikori ahead of his burial. The
late Mushikori succumbed to hypertension early this month and will be laid to
rest at his ancestral home in Busayi village in Bududa Sub County in
Bududa district on Saturday this weekend.
Mushikori embarked on the construction of his house three
years ago but abandoned it for unknown reasons. However, the construction works
resumed shortly after his death at his rented premises in senior quarters in
Our reporter visited the home and found it at roofing
stage. One of the porters told URN on condition of anonymity that they are
working round the clock to complete the house. He however, said their main challenge is limited resources. One
of the residents said it may take one more month to complete the house given
the pace of the works.
She revealed that the builders roofing the house have
found it difficult to following the plan because of the complicated design. Edison
Wambi, one of the elders faulted the deceased for failing to construct a house
in the village in line with the African tradition. He called on upon all people in the diaspora to always think
of developing their ancestral areas.
Eric Mukhwana, the spokesperson of Inzu Ya Masaba, said they will complete the roofing of the storied house today or
today, adding that they may not complete the house but will put it at the level
of hosting the late Umukuka’s body.
The late Mushikori, who served as a member of the National
Security Agency during the Obote II government and member of youth wing of the
Uganda People’s Congress-UPC fled Uganda to Nairobi in 1985 after Acholi
soldiers took over the Government.
He was later taken by the Canadian government together with his family and
offered an opportunity to study Environmental Studies at the University of
Toronto. He thereafter worked at the municipality of Toronto in the
department of solid waste management till his retirement at 65years of age.
He returned to Uganda on the request of the president, Yoweri Museveni through
the late speaker of parliament and Mbale Municipality Member of Parliament,
James Wapakhabulo who picked him up from Canada. He was elected Umukuka
in 2015 after defeating the former Manafwa District LC V Chairperson
Ambassador, Charles Walimbwa Peke.