Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
President Museveni has directed the Ministry of Finance to urgently find money to repair the damaged section of Kabale-Kisoro Road at Hamurwa Town Council, Rubanda District.
This was revealed by State Minister of Finance, general duties, Henry Musasizi Ariganyira, while speaking at the burial ceremony of the late Mzee Twinamasiko Thomas Bukuru, who died in a road accident on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
Mzee Thomas, aged 72, was hit by a rolling stone that was set in motion by a speeding trailer along Kabale-Kisoro Road. A large part of the road measuring up to about 50 meters slid away in May 2023 when heavy rains battered the Kigezi region, leaving scores dead and property worth millions of shillings.
The stone that killed the late Bukuru had been placed at the damaged spot by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as a roadside barrier.
Minister Musasizi, who doubles as the Rubanda East MP, apologized for the government’s delay in repairing the damaged part of Kabale-Kisoro road at Hamurwa and pledged that the issue would soon be handled.
“When I learned about the unfortunate death of Mzee Bukuru, I immediately notified the President, who in turn conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family before directing that we look for money to repair the damaged part of the road,” Musasizi said.
According to the minister, the government needs Ug. 3.5 billion to repair the damaged road.
Musasizi delivered Shs. 5 million, which was part of President Museveni’s message to the family of the deceased. He asked the children of the late Bukuru to emulate their father’s legacy of relentless hard work and support for the NRM government.
The late Bukuru’s now-double-orphaned children expressed anguish that their father had died in an accident almost the same way their mother, who was reportedly murdered a few years ago, The eldest sister, Immaculate Kyarisiima, asked the siblings to stay together in Unity.
While delivering the sermon of the day, Kakore Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Maniragaba Deusdedit said that it was better for the late Bukuru to die while he was coming from the church rather than the bar, shrine, or related places. He asked mourners to always be prepared for their deaths by turning away from sin and letting God take control of their lives.
Mzee Bukuru Thomas was born in 1951, and he died at age 72, leaving behind six sons, four daughters, 54 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
He was laid to rest today at his home in Bwondo Village, Shabeya Parish, Hamurwa Sub-county, Rubanda District.