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Mum was a heroine

By Juliet Lukwago

Added 8th October 2020 08:07 PM

It was a very sad moment for the few people who buried her. Mutongole, 98, died at Mengo Hospital, three months shy of her 99th birthday.

Mum was a heroine

The late Grace Pulle Mutongole

It was a very sad moment for the few people who buried her. Mutongole, 98, died at Mengo Hospital, three months shy of her 99th birthday.

CELEBRATING LIFE 

March 22, 2020 will forever evoke bitter-sweet memories for the children and grandchildren of Grace Pulle Mutongole.

It was a very sad moment for the few people who buried her. Mutongole, 98, died at Mengo Hospital, three months shy of her 99th birthday. 

She was buried on March 24 at Wamala village near Kisubi in Wakiso district. Only her children and few close family members attended the ceremony.

Mutongole was the mother of fallen prominent news anchor Francis Bbaale Mutongole.

Bruno Baganja said his mother's life was a celebration of the gift of life from God.

"Our mother was a professional teacher, who taught in many schools, including St Theresa Primary School Namagunga, Nsuube Girls, St Theresa Primary School Kisubi, Ssanda Primary School and, later, became the headteacher of Ssisa Primary.

"Mummy was our heroine and will never vanish from our hearts for the great love she had for each of us. She taught us not to be selfish. When it was one's turn to wash clothes, she advised us to start with the those of others and end with one's own.

She reasoned that then one would wash all the clothes well because one would not give up before completing the task," Banganja says.

Mutongole had many great qualities. "She was loving, so slow to anger, caring and religious that one could have mistaken her for a nun," he said.

She was an example for married couples and cautioned them to avoid temptation.

Her other son, Jovan Mutongole, says: "our mother was patient, open and humble.

She welcomed everyone and did not raise her voice at people. She also encouraged us to study and, whenever we had a problem, she would share whatever she had with us." 

 Betty Nakaseeta, Mutongole's daughter, says their parents got married on October 1, 1949 and are survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She served religiously in different posts in the Bubondo community in Kisubi parish.   

"She was our friend since our childhood. We thank God for her life because at her age, she did not suffer from diabetes, pressure or even ulcers.

She only lost appetite and died of acid accumulation in the body," Nakaseeta says.     

"Mummy used to advise us. She had a smile for everybody. She was a happy woman. Her qualities were unmatched," Martin Mutongole, her son, says.

The parish priest of Kisubi, Fr Francis Xavier Kikomeko, hailed Mutongole's service to the Church. He commended her for adhering to her marriage vows.

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