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Political twist in man’s burial tussle

A dispute relating to where a tycoon with Ugandan roots should be buried has taken a new twist with the widow claiming that the family members were political refugees.

Mrs Florence KabuyeON on Thursday told the High Court that her husband, whose body is still lying at the mortuary,  cannot be buried in Uganda as demanded by her in-laws.

She said her family left Uganda in 1981 and lived in a rented house in Embakasi.

“Because of the status of my family, my children and I will not be able to attend the burial if it takes place in Uganda,” she said through her lawyer.

Her husband died last month after a short illness and Mrs Kabuye was planning to have him interred at Lang’ata cemetery.

She also claimed that there was bad blood between her husband and his relatives, whom she claimed had refused to allow him construct a house in Uganda.

She added that under such circumstances, it would not be appropriate for her husband to be buried where he was never wanted while alive.

Last minute

She accused the relatives, led by her brother in law Dennis Kasule Sekitto of insincerity as they knew all along that the family was in Kenya due to political problems back home.

“Despite having all these facts and knowing too well that burial plans were being held at the Holy Family Basilica, they waited until the last minute to come and get orders stopping the burial,” she said.

Mr Sekitto, however, said the refugee status was lifted years ago and his brother had even served as the chair to the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Uganda from 1986 to 1989 when he resigned.

Hearing continues.