While delivering President Yoweri Museveni's condolence message, the Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya who was the chief mourner, appealed to all leaders to emulate Kasamba and take forward his legacy for the good of the country.
The National Resistance
Movement Director for Mobilisation and Carder Identification, Mathias Kasamba was on Friday
laid to his final rest at Katovu village, in Kakuuto county-Kyotera district.
Kasamba, also an East African
Legislative Assembly MP, passed on at Nakasero hospital on Tuesday after he was
diagnosed with a brain tumor.
He was praised for fighting food insecurity and poverty through banana and coffee projects in Kyotera district and the county at large. A requiem service led by the Bishop of Masaka
Diocese Severus Jjumba attracted hundreds of people including different
religious leaders, government officials, and opposition politicians and
Jjumba prayed to God to reward Kasamba for the services for the country.
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While delivering President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's condolence message, the Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya, who was the chief mourner, appealed to all leaders to emulate Kasamba and take forward his legacy for the good of the country. He further praised him for genuinely
mobilizing communities regardless of people’s religion, tribe, and political
affiliation. He says that Kasamba did not only
mobilise communities for political reasons but empowered people for social and
economic transformation without discriminating against anyone.
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He adds that promoting people’s
welfare is important since people who are well-off usually make better choices
than those who are poor and starving. Justine Kasule Lumumba, the National
Resistance Movement- Secretary General, said that Kasamba was very active and
they did not notice in time that he had a brain tumor.
She said they have an uphill task ti look for someone who has Kasamba’s
qualities to identify, groom and support people. Lumumba noted that Kasamba capitalized on his
humility, unity, genuine love for people and collaboration as special weapons
to win people’s trust and to transform their lives including fellow legislators.
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Emmanuel Dombo, the Party Director
of Communication, said that even after losing his hand during a motor accident, Kasamba
remained hardworking and involved in different activities. He adds that he did not pity himself
with one hand and his determination and hard work encouraged other PWDs to
fight stigma and work for prosperity.
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Rt. Honorable Martin Ngoga, the EALA
Speaker, said that Kasamba exhibited a spirit of a true Pan-African and they will
miss his ideas towards East Africa’s economic development. He adds that he was
such a cooperative and tireless politician in promoting unity among the EALA
According to John Paul Mpalanyi, the
newly Elected Kyotera County MP, Kasamba was a mentor and a political role
model to many young politicians even within the opposition.
He adds that they will take his
legacy further to transform communities and their electorates.
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Mathias Mpuuga, the Vice President
-National Unity Platform, noted that Kasamba did not discriminate against opposition politicians
which the majority them closer to him.
Mpuuga, also the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division
MP, adds that he exhibited mature
politics which is lacking in many members of the ruling party.
Jude Muleke, the Buddu County Chief
(Pokino), who represented the Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga, urged Kasamba’s family members to get involved in all the projects which he started.