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Blood clot reported as cause of bride’s deathPublish Date: May 13, 2014
Blood clot reported as cause of bride’s death
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Sadly, Peace Komujuni died on the day of her wedding. PHOTO/Chris Mugasha
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UPDATE

By Chris Mugasha

SHEEMA - Peace Komujuni, who died a few hours after marrying Justus Tumuhimbise in Sheema district on Saturday, has been buried at her husband’s home.

The school teacher, in her mid-30s, on Saturday collapsed during the reception in Beijengye, Kyabugimbi subcounty in Bushenyi district.

According to a medical report read to the mourners, Komujuni’s death resulted from a blood clot, which blocked the main vessel that supplies blood to the heart.

The report from the Kampala International University Teaching Hospital in Ishaka also indicates that she got too excited, which caused blood to pump abnormally yet she was pregnant.

Unlike the known African rituals where the body is put inside the house where close relatives pay last respects, Komujuni was buried moments after the coffin was delivered at the homestead.

Close relatives declined to give reasons. Tumuhimbise (right), the bereaved husband, stood firm by the graveside throughout the burial, but did not say anything.

Her unborn baby – whose body was removed through surgery at the hospital – was also buried at the same place.


Coffins containing the bodies of Peace Komujuni and her seven-month-old foetus during a funeral service at their home in Sheema district. PHOTO/Ben Muhoozi

Komujuni collapsed shortly after reaching the reception after they had tied the knot at Kabwohe Church of Uganda in Sheema district.

According to her father, the Rev. Yoram Byempaka, Komujuni had not reported any ailment prior to her death.

She was the sixth born in a family of 10. Komujuni, who was about seven months pregnant, was a teacher at Nganwa Junior Primary School in Sheema district, while Tumuhimbise is a teacher at Muzira Primary School.

The burial was attended by hundreds, many of whom had been invited to the wedding. The food, tents, chairs and the public address system, which were in place for the wedding ceremony, were used for the funeral instead.

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