today's Pick
Why are we losing our children in funny ways?
Publish Date: May 01, 2014
Why are we losing our children in funny ways?
Olavis remains being taken to his final resting place at the burial. Photo/Roderick Ahimbazwe
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Carol Kasujja

Tears, clouds of emotion and excruciating pain is what best describes the events at Haji Yusuf Matovu’s(known as Youma) ancestral home in Busikiri village in Wakiso district as thousands of mourners, including friends and family members, turned up to pay their last respect to Hafiz Ndawula Kalema aka Olavi, who died in a boat cruise on Sunday.

At the home, women and men, faces contorted in deep thought, sat on mats listening to speaker after another describing how Olavi was a blessing to his family and friends.

Muslims says prayers for the late Ndawula. All photos/Roderick Ahimbazwe

Many described him as a prayerful, cheerful, down-to-earth, listening, humble, hardworking man who loved people.

“I was in Masajja when I received the sad news, I could not believe that Olavi was dead; he was a strong man who knew how to deal with all kinds of people,” said Ibrahim Kibirige of Hotel Africana.
 

Kibirige noted that what hurts is that Olavi died without a child. “Why are we losing our children in funny and weird ways?” he asked.
 

CDF Gen. Katumba Wamala arrives for the burial ceremony

In a moving narration, his father told mourners how death has robbed him of a friend, brother and the pillar of the family.

He extended his condolences to all people who lost their loved ones in the Malaysian plane because now he knows what it means.

“It is painful to bury your child. Olavi has left a big gap in the family. Recently, I went with him to South Africa for a business training, but while studying, I got bored and told him to continue with the training and get all the skills.

He finished the training and told me that he was going to share with me everything he had learnt so that we open up a business, unfournately, he has died with all the information without sharing the ideas and that is the end of the business plan we were to start,” he narrated.

He added: “When his body was found, I did not want to look at it; my wife Mariam called me and told me that he could hardly recognize Olavi.

I almost abused her but I prayed to God to strengthen me. Eventually I looked at his body and I know he has gone to be with Allah."
 

Matovu noted that he has been so close to his son that they had promised each other to be each one’s next of kin.
 

In his message, Supreme Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo advised Youma to trust God because he is a trying moment when God is testing his faith.

“Do not think otherwise of your son’s death, it is the lord who took him,” he said.

 

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
Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts over genocide film
Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country''s leadership and the 1994 genocide....
I am not grooming my son for presidency
That is an insult. Why should I groom my son? This is not a monarchy; this is not a feudal arrangement. It is a democratic order....
UN in South Sudan sees possible deal but no peace
The UN mission in South Sudan is bracing for ongoing fighting even if a political deal is reached between rival leaders, the new head of mission said Wednesday....
Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence
When Ugandan farmer''s daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled....
Britain's Houses of Parliament desperately need some feline protection to tackle the growing mouse population - but the job would require an impractical number of cats prowling the corridors of power....
Besigye thrown out of Masaka workshop
FORMER FDC leader, Col Kizza Besigye was thrown out of a conference on free and fair elections at Hotel Brovad in Masaka on grounds that he was not officially invited...
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter