By Esther Mukyala in Kaliro PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has hailed Busoga Kingdom for not giving the Government headache like other cultural institutions.
â€œI thank the Kyabazinga (Henry Wako Muloki) for conducting himself positively in government affairs. He has not given me headache as others who behave as if they hail from mars. They behave as if they are in parachutes. They demand for this today and the other tomorrow,â€ Museveni said.
He was addressing hundreds of mourners at the burial of Inhebantu Alice Muloki in Kaliro on Wednesday.
Without pointing out the institutions, museveni, who was accompanied by his wife Janet, said, â€œThese people are behaving as if they do not know where Uganda has come from. In this regard, I hail Busoga.â€
He said Aliceâ€™s death was a shock to him.
â€œShe always looked well the many times I visited them. We should accept the fact that death will come to all of us. Itâ€™s a journey we are all treading,â€ Museveni said.
He said in Ankole, people do not fear death but obucheche (barrenness), adding that they only fear death before their children are fully grown.
Museveni thanked God for the life of Alice, saying she had been able to bring up her children. Alice died at the age of 76.
He said people should not mourn Aliceâ€™s demise but cherish her contributions to the kingdom and to Uganda.
Quoting some verses in the Bible, Museveni amused mourners when he challenged them to be mindful of their personal achievements for which they will be remembered upon their death, whether good or bad.
â€œDisciples like Pontius Pilate, Kerode, Kayafa and Judas Iscariot are still remembered for the bad things they did, while the saints like John, Mark, Luke and Peter are remembered for the good deeds in their lives. So try to do something that people will remember you for, before you die,â€ he said.
Before and after the burial, Museveni had private talks with the Kyabazinga, who kept indoors as the funeral service and burial proceeded. Culture bars the Kyabazinga from any burial.
Mulokiâ€™s official chair remained unoccupied through the funeral ceremony. He emerged from the house after the burial and assumed it.
In a calm voice, Muloki hailed the Government, his subjects and all Ugandans for the spiritual, moral and financial support extended to his family at the time of need.
Other mourners included former president Godfrey Binaisa, former Vice-President Dr. Specioza Wandira, deputy Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, government ministers and cultural leaders.