Kyeyo: Three Ugandans die in Kuwait

By Glorias Musiime

Added 11th September 2019 10:59 AM

Plans are under way to have their bodies repatriated to Uganda on Thursday and Friday.

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Moses Kiwanuka was found dead in his bed at home. (Courtesy photo)

Plans are under way to have their bodies repatriated to Uganda on Thursday and Friday.


The bodies of three Ugandan men who died in Kuwait a couple of months ago are set to be flown back home this week, New Vision understands.

Moses Kiwanuka, John Mujjuzi and Charles Bekalaze died in separate incidents during their stay in Kuwait, where they had gone to work as drivers.

In one incident, two of the men reportedly drowned in the water of the Gulf Sea, when one tried to rescue his colleague but instead died in the water as well.

Weeks later, the third man was found dead at home in his bed in Abu Halifa, southern Kuwait. The other two men were also staying in this small town.

Plans are under way to have their bodies repatriated to Uganda on Thursday and Friday, several weeks after their deaths. Their relatives were notified, New Vision has learnt.

Mujjuzi and Bekalaze's remains will be flown in Thursday at 10am local time. Kiwanuka's body will arrive Friday same time.

The trio were undergoing two months of orientational training in Kuwait before starting work, according to Mariam Namutebi, who heads the association of Ugandans in Kuwait.

 hhh Charles Bekalaze (left) and  John Mujjuzi (right) both drowned at a beach on the Gulf Sea. (Courtesy photos)

Their travel from Uganda to Kuwait had been processed by Kireka-based Spotlight International Recruitment Agency Ltd, who are contracted by Kuwait-based Abar United Company to recruit labourers.

Spotlight's director, Charles Tumuramye, confirmed the development.

Alex Sembatya, who owns an NGO that repatriates labour-connected victims in the Middle East, was also involved in seeing to it that the bodies of the three Ugandans are brought back home.

Abar, the association of Ugandans in Kuwait and Uganda's mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been working hand-in-hand to have the bodies of the trio returned to Uganda from Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Tumuramye said they had reached out to each of the victims' families. He will be at Entebbe International Airport to receive the bodies, he added.

Vincent Kanyerezi, the brother of Bekalaze, told New Vision that his sibling died three months ago while trying to save his mate from drowning. They hail from Bukomero sub-county in Kiboga district.

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