Entertainment
Families reconcile at comedian Bitama's burial
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
Families reconcile at comedian Bitama's burial
Some of the Amarula Family members carry the coffin of the late Paddy Bitama after a funeral service in Mitala maria on January 20, 2014. PHOTO/Nicholas Oneal
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Carol Kasujja

The two families that have been feuding over the paternity of local comedian Ssali Kasozi popularly known as Paddy Bitama on Monday reconciled at his burial, putting to rest the nine-day controversy.

As Bitama’s body was interred in the grave at the ancestral home in Mitala Maria, along Masaka Road, Richard Ssali, the heir of the late Tamale Ssali said they had buried the hatchet in order to bury the deceased.

“I am grateful that Njegula’s family has accepted us and we apologise for whatever happened. I have been with Paddy since childhood so it was hard for me to accept that he was just a half-brother.

 I request all my relatives to come together because we have children to look after,” Ssali said.

Visibly overcome by grief, Peter Njegula Kasozi thanked the Government Analytical Laboratory, Uganda Police, Amarula family and Vision Group print and electronic media platforms for investigating and documenting the case until the conflict was resolved.

(PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicholas Oneal)


Former FDC president Rtd. Col. Kizza Besigye paid tribute to the fallen comedian.


The widows of Paddy Bitama at the funeral service in Mitala Maria.


Bitama's children were engulfed in grief at his send-off on Monday.


The death of local comedian Paddy Bitama was followed by a dispute over his paternity.

Paddy Bitama, 34, a popular comedian, died of cancer two weeks ago at the Mulago Cancer Institute.

At the solemn occasion attended by hundreds, politicians turned Bitama’s burial into a political rally of sorts when they blamed the Government for his early demise.

The former FDC president, Kizza Besigye, said the Government spends huge sums of money to fight wars in South Sudan when the same can be used to equip Mulago Cancer Institute.

“Cancer is on the increase yet we have only one hospital in Uganda treating it. The Government should stop injecting money into wars and improve the cancer institute or build more hospitals with facilities,” Besigye said.

Bitama at a glance

Born on April 17, 1980, to Peter Njegula Kasozi of Magele and the late Ssanyu Nalukwata. He went to Makerere Nursery, St Joseph’s Primary School and Bat Valley Primary School.

He later joined Nansana Church of Uganda where he completed his primary education. He joined Bright Academy Senior Secondary School in 1998 where he studied his O’level.

He has done different jobs including being a radio presenter, comedian and a politician. He is survived by four children from different mothers.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
At 40, Afrigo is still on the go
As part of the activities to mark 40 years, Uganda’s oldest band, Afrigo, travelled to London yesterday to celebrate their journey. Carol Natukunda brings you their success story...
AK47 was a humble star
Sometimes celebrities seem so hard to find, especially when one wants to interview them; not because they do not want to give an interview, but because they have no time....
Al Jareau winds up Cape Town Jazz Festival on a high note
The American Jazz singer was the last of more than 40 artists that put up some very inspiring performances in the 16th edition of the Cape Town Jazz Festival....
Lupita Nyong’o returns to Uganda for Queen of Katwe
In 2006, while working on a project with Maisha film lab, East Africa’s most prized film star, Kenya-born Lupita Nyong’o planted a tree at the Maisha gardens in Buziga, an upscale Kampala suburb...
Sipho
He is renowned as one of the godfathers of South African jazz; so it did not matter that he came on after 11pm, when people had been sanding for hours....
Jaguza Children’s Choir glorifes God through cultural music
Through their music, Jaguza kids highlight the pathetic conditions of most orphans in Uganda. But they also show with absolute clarity that even the most destitute children can lead a successful/productive life, if the Church, the state and civil society paid due attention to them....
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter