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Ghetto Kids: It's hard coping with Alex's death

By Arthur Oyako

Added 9th December 2015 01:04 PM

With the festive season around the corner the renowned Ghetto Kids under their stage name Triplets are scheduled for performances without their lead act Alex Ssempijja.

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Patricia in hospital with Rema Namakula and Joseph Masembe

With the festive season around the corner the renowned Ghetto Kids under their stage name Triplets are scheduled for performances without their lead act Alex Ssempijja.

With the festive season around the corner the renowned Ghetto Kids under their stage name Triplets are scheduled for performances without their lead act Alex Ssempijja.

With Alex's death still fresh in their minds David Kavuma, their choreographer, unconsciously calls out his name during rehearsals.

"I keep calling Alex's name, and the kids too, but they remind me he is gone," says Kavuma. "Let him rest in peace."

It is a rude awakening and reminder that they are yet to come to terms with his death.

During rehearsals, they muse over how Alex would have pulled off the moves. "Kale Alex kano yandi kakoze bwati" meaning "This is how Alex would have done this."

In tribute to Alex, for whom many of them he was a big brother, a song 'Live on Alex' has been composed and the maiden performance is scheduled for this weekend.

Meanwhile Patricia Nabakooza who survived the accident with grievous injuries was discharged from Case hospital Tuesday. She is staying with her grandmother in Mpererwe. 

For Patricia it will even be more painful. Yet unknown to her is that her friend Alex passed away. 

When she first came round she asked why she was in hospital and had wounds. She was then informed she had been in an accident with Alex.

To aid her quick recovery the disturbing news has not been broken to her on the advice of her doctor.

She has severally asked how Alex is fairing, in their ghetto slang, "Alex ali biki?"

While in hospital Alex's father visited and she asked how her friend was. He told her Alex 'would be alright.'

Still shaken by the the accident, as if on instinct, Patricia last night told her auntie she wanted her to share her bed as 'she was afraid.'

Kavuma also showed displeasure in the odd news doing rounds in tabloids associating Alex's death with the now infamous 'illuminati' talk.

"These stories are hurting us; I even don't know what 'illuminati' means," he said.

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