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Gov’t to accord Kibedi state burial – Kivejinja

By Paul Kiwuuwa, David Lumu

Added 15th June 2016 11:02 AM

Kibedi, who died on Monday at St. Thomas Hospital in London, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Uganda.

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Kibedi, who died on Monday at St. Thomas Hospital in London, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Uganda.

Ambassador Joshua Wanume Kibedi, a former foreign affairs minister in former President Idi Amin’s regime, will be accorded a state burial, his cousin, who is also the second deputy Prime Minister, Kirunda Kivejinja, has said.

Kibedi, who died on Monday at St. Thomas Hospital in London, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Uganda.

A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony held to honoure people of national significance.

Such people, whose corpses in most cases lay in state at parliament, include former heads of states, prime ministers, members of parliament, government ministers and army officers.

Kivejinja told New vision that arrangements for the repatriation of Kibedi’s body are almost complete.

What is left, Kivejinja said, “Part of my committee in the United Kingdom where the late passed away recently, is yet to avail me with all the details. But government is making arrangements to return the body any time, and he will be conferred a decent state burial and government will meet all his funeral expenses.”

A statement issued by Kim Byasi, the late's daughter noted that the former minister had endured a long battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

“The Rheumatoid Arthritis resulted in subsequent complications that let to lung fibrosis. Over the years, the late Ambassador Wanume Kibedi developed a number of chest infections which were damaging and detrimental to his health,” Byasi said.

Kivejinja said burial arrangements would be communicated to the public in due course.

 

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