Ivan Kakooza, the founder of Nexus Bar and Restaurant in Najjera, Wakiso District, who died of COVID-19 on Thursday at Mulago National Referral Hospital, will be laid to rest in Mpigi this Sunday.
The family held a vigil at Nexus Bar where friends and relatives paid special tributes to the deceased.
Many described Kakooza as a humble, respectful and amiable entrepreneur who redefined Uganda’s social life with finesse.
Tears flowed uncontrollably as Nexus staff eulogized their boss whom they described as supportive, friendly and inspirational.
“We will never forget his good works,” said Joan Kaitetsi, a manager at the bar.
Josephine Nabakooza, a sister of Kakooza, said the deceased “will be laid to rest at 4:00pm in Kamengo, Mpigi District.”
Medical personnel at Mulago Referral Hospital said Kakooza, who was admitted about a fortnight ago, had showed signs of improvement but died suddenly on Thursday night.
“The patient (Kakooza) was in the High-Dependency Unit (HDU) for a long time,” said a medical official, adding, “His condition changed suddenly yesterday afternoon and later passed on.”
Two weeks ago, Kakooza felt unwell at his workplace before opting for a COVID-19 test which turned positive.
He was then taken to Mulago hospital with breathing difficulties.
He regularly received supplemental oxygen in the HDU – an area in a hospital located close to the intensive care unit, where patients can be cared for more extensively.
Kakooza’s death has left the entertainment industry in grief, with many praising his industriousness that saw him transform Nexus from a ‘kafunda’ to one of Uganda’s most prominent hangouts.
The signs of COVID-19 are fever, body weakness, cough, difficulty in breathing, loss of smell, loss of appetite and a sore throat.
Kakooza’s death brought Uganda’s COVID-19 death toll to 86.
On Friday, the Health Ministry confirmed 96 new patients of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases to 9,538.