26 December 2012

Uganda: Migereko Condemns Chaos At Nebanda Funeral

The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko has condemned the confusion that reigned at the burial of former Butaleja woman Member of Parliament Cerinah Nebanda on Sunday.

Migereko also criticized the manner in which the deceased MP's mother Alice Namulwa angrily reacted by tearing into pieces the written condolence message sent to the family by President Yoweri Museveni over the death of their daughter.

Addressing Christians during Christmas prayers at Christ's Cathedral, Bugembe in Jinja on Tuesday, Migereko who is also the Member of Parliament for Butembe County in Jinja described the act as unfortunate and regrettable.

"It was unfortunate for a parent to receive the President's condolence message and tear it into pieces in protest. As parents we should be mindful of how we conduct ourselves since we must be exemplary to the young generation," he said

Since Nebanda's death on December 14, there have been protests from her family and a section of MPs who claim the government could have had a hand in her untimely demise.

During her burial in Butaleja on Sunday, angry mourners blocked third deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali who represented government from delivering the president's speech.

Later, Namulwa tore a copy of the speech and threw the pieces onto Ali's vehicle as he left the venue unceremoniously.

Migereko, who said government could not kill its citizens, wondered why some people were blaming the government over Nebanda's death yet the cause had been publicized.

He asked people not to jeopardize investigations into the matter but give ample time to the concerned agencies to exercise their mandate.

Earlier, the Bishop elect for Bukedi diocese Rev. Can. Samuel Egesa who is the outgoing Busoga diocesan secretary beseeched God to help Ugandans go through the various challenges including the death of Nebanda.

Busoga Bishop Dr. Michael Kyomya who led the prayers asked parents to raise God fearing children by laying more emphasis on their moral behavior.

He warned Christians not to lose focus during Christmas celebrations. "Let us not celebrate December 25 as a day but the birth of Jesus Christ and let our celebrations be driven by the message in the Bible not material possessions," he advised.

Jinja resident district commissioner Richard Gulume asked residents to remain security conscious throughout the Christmas and New Year festivities so that terrorists are not given a chance to cause havoc.

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