The body of the late Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi will not be taken to Bulange-Mengo, the administrative headquarters of Buganda Kingdom as earlier anticipated, Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has said.
A tentative burial program issued by the late Nkangi's family had indicated that his body would be taken to Mengo on Wednesday March 8, before a vigil at his home in Ntinda, Nakawa division.
However, an official burial program agreed upon by the family, government and the kingdom indicates that instead, Buganda Kingdom will hold a special session of the Lukiiko (Kingdom Parliament) on Thursday to eulogize the late Nkangi for his contribution to the Kingdom which he once served as the Katikkiro.
Mayiga explained that despite his tremendous contribution, Nkangi's body will not be in the Lukiiko sitting because the Kingdom's values and norms bar dead bodies from entering the Palace and the Lukiiko.
Prior to this, a requiem mass will be held for the late Nkangi on Wednesday at Namirembe Cathedral starting at 10:00am. The body will later be transported to his home in Ntinda where another mass led by St. Luke's Church, Ntinda will be held.
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Mayiga said that the Kingdom's norms only allow viewing of bodies at their home or the ancestral home.
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Mayiga also noted that a condolence book for the former Kingdom Premier Nkangi is to be availed at Bulange - Mengo for kingdom subjects and other people to pay tribute.
He also noted that the Buganda Kingdom's flag is to fly at half-mast in all Kingdom establishments until Saturday after the burial of Nkangi.
After the Buganda Lukiiko sitting on Thursday, the late Nkangi's body will lie in State at Parliament of Uganda and will be later taken to his ancestral home in Kanyogoga, Kalungu West in Kalungu district where he will be buried at 2pm on Friday.
Mayanja Nkangi became Katikkiro of Buganda in 1964 until the 1966 crisis when the Obote I government attacked Mengo palace and exiled Kabaka Edward Mutesa.
Nkangi also fled to exile in England meeting Kabaka Mutesa there. When Mutesa died in exile in November 1969, Nkangi together with the then Crown Prince, now Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, performed the succession rituals which are expected of a crown prince within the norms of Buganda Kingdom.
Nkangi later returned in 1971 upon the fall of the Obote regime and participated in the return of Mutesa's remains in March of that year. He again finalized the rituals that were supposed to be performed by the Crown Prince Mutebi. A number of these rituals were performed at Bamunanika Palace, in Luweero district.
Nkangi also kept in his custody Buganda's ceremonial mace --the Ddamula -- a symbol of authority of the office of Katikkiro from 1966 until 1993 when kingdoms were restored.
Nkangi oversaw enthronement of the current Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at Naggalabi - Buddo in 1993.