There was heavy police deployment in Gweri Village, Fort Portal Tourism City on Sunday as lawyer Bob Kasango was finally laid to rest, ending a month of wrangling among his relatives over where he was to be buried.
While his mother, Rose Kabise, wanted the deceased lawyer buried in Tororo, her matrimonial home, the widow, Nice Bitarabeho, wanted him buried in Fort Portal, arguing that this where their family home is.
And on Friday, when the Family Division on the High Court in Kampala ruled in the widow’s favour, the family went ahead to bury the lawyer’s remains on Sunday, a month after the lawyer died of heart failure in Luzira Prison on February 27, 2021.
Amid heavy police deployment to deter any form of chaos, ostensibly from the Tororo side that boycotted the Fort Portal burial, the widow, Ms Bitarabeho, said she has nothing against her mother-in-law and urged the latter to remain good friends with the family.
Link to the funeral of Bob Kasango
She explained that she was fighting to respect her husband’s will.
“You and your family, we may go separate ways but just know we shall respect you as the mother of Bob. This fight between us was for Bob’s desires and wishes to be respected and I pray Rosie wherever you are, that you will always be dear to me in my heart and in our children,” Ms Bitarabeho said.
She also hailed her husband as a man with a big heart for everybody and a loving father. Kasongo’s three children, who included 19-year-old Samora Kasango, eulogised their father as a man who loved God, and left a good legacy.
Kasango succumbed to heart-related complications last month while serving a 16-year jail term for theft of more than sh15 billion meant for pensioners.
The controversy over where Kasango was to be buried started when a section of relatives from Tororo grabbed his casket from All Saints cathedral-Kampala, where it had been announced, after a funeral service, that the deceased would be buried in Fort Portal.
But the vehicle, which was reportedly taking the body to Tororo, was intercepted by police and the casket was sent back to the funeral home where it is being held to date.
In the aftermath, the widow sought a court order to bury the husband in Kabarole district on grounds that Kasango had denounced his family and never wished to be buried in his ancestral home.
The Family Division of the High Court in Kampala last Friday ruled that Kasango should be buried in Fort Portal, Kabarole District.
The court also heard that Kasango was never close to his family members in life, let alone her mother, Rose Kabise, who was fighting to stop the burial in Tooro.
The wife also told the court that one of the family members had confided in her that the family in Tororo had planned to kill Kasango when he was still young, as a result of family wrangles.
Reports indicate that Kasango’s father had a relationship with two sisters, one of which resulted in the birth of Kasango.