Families Fight for Lawyer Bob Kasango’s Body at All Saints Cathedral

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James Kasango who claimed to be the deceased’s elder brother said they were not involved in burial arrangements. James said they were also not allowed to speak during the vigil and funeral service.
Youth loading Bob Kasango body on a Canter truck

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There was drama at All Saints Cathedral, Kampala as two families fought for the body of lawyer Bob Kasango. The casket containing his remains was grabbed from the A-Plus pallbearers by a group of relatives from Tororo District in Eastern Uganda.

The relatives encircled the process minutes after a funeral service and demanded to know where the body was being taken. In Church, it had been announced that the Kasango was to be buried at Gweri village in Kabarole District on Thursday.  Mourners were advised to take the Kamwenge road, which is about 2 kilometres from Fort Portal City.

The group of youths who said they were Kasango's brothers started a scuffle forcing the funeral service team to cancel the viewing session and load the casket in a waiting funeral van. Within a moment, the hearse was surrounded by the youth who were supported by the deceased’s mother, Rose Kabise, who insisted that her son cannot be buried at the in-law’s place in Fort Portal.

The funeral team looked stuck when the youths grabbed the body and loaded it on a waiting canter truck which sped off at breakneck speed. James Kasango, who said he was the deceased’s elder brother said burying Kasango in Tooro was disrespectful and tantamount to lowering their dignity. They insisted that Kasango's body was going to be taken to their ancestral home at Wikusi village, West Budama Constituency, in Tororo district.

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But the widow, Nice Bitarabeho Kasango and her relatives insisted that the deceased willed that he should be buried at his own home in Fort Portal. Some of the in-laws said all efforts would be applied to ensure Kasango is buried in his land in Fort Portal.

Reports indicate that police had intercepted the truck on which the Tororo relatives had loaded the body. Police had not yet established the news about the intercepted truck.

Kasango died in Luzira Prison last Saturday, according to widow Bitarabeho, after battling heart complications. He was serving a 16-year jail term handed to him in 2018 after he was found guilty of theft of 15.4 Billion Shillings which was intended to clear more than 6,000 pensioners.

He is survived by three children; Samara Paul Kasango Junior who is their firstborn, Stefanie Gracia Karungi Kasango and last born Ivana Zeta Murungi Kasango.

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