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Baganda youth remember dead

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st October 2005 03:00 AM

AS mourners went to Kololo Airstrip in Kampala for Obote’s state funeral, hundreds of overzealous Baganda converged at wankulukuku Stadium to commemorate the return of Sir Edward Mutesa II from exile in October 1955.

By Apollo Mubiru and Herbert Ssempogo

AS mourners went to Kololo Airstrip in Kampala for Obote’s state funeral, hundreds of overzealous Baganda converged at wankulukuku Stadium to commemorate the return of Sir Edward Mutesa II from exile in October 1955.

Mutesa II, the first Ugandan President who was forced into exile in London, returned in 1955 and was again forced into exile, where he died and his body was returned in 1971.

Lydia Ssembeguya, who was reportedly one of the organisers, said, “We are here to pray for the people who were brutally murdered in Obote and Amin’s regimes.”

Mengo government was not part of the day’s activities, which attracted hundreds of people.

Ssembeguya said they would pray to God so that Uganda never experiences bad leadership.

By 10:00am, four cows had been slaughtered.

Draped in barkcloth, some people were led by Kyabangi Ssemu to a corner, where they performed Obote’s ‘last funeral rites’.

“Njagala okwebaza emisambwa olw’okutta Kawenkene Obote.

Obote tumutaddeko omusika Mbwa. (I thank the ghosts for killing notorious Obote. Obote’s heir is a dog),” he said as the people chanted, “Obote Ngege emaze okududa. (Obote is a fish which has gone bad).”

Baganda youth remember dead

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