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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.
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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 Mbale City.

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. 

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