MUKONO – State minister for Water Ronald Kibuule has said he will start working for heaven so that he can later meet his deceased twins who drowned in a swimming pool on Monday evening.
Addressing mourners at his home in Kasenge Village, Mbalala Parish in Mukono District on Tuesday morning, Mr. Kibuule said his boys, aged 2 years, were his favourite and it will take long to forget them.
“These are the kids I most loved in my life; they have died when young without doing anything bad on earth and I believe they have gone to heaven until I meet them, ” he told mourners at his home who included Vice President Edward Ssekandi, former Health minister Jim Muhwezi and State Minister for Higher Education John Muyingo.
“From today, I am ready to work hard for heaven so that I meet my children because if I don’t, then I have no chance to see them again,” he added.
The minister also revealed his last hours with the children.
“I woke up in the morning, as usual my kids came to me in the morning but since I had to leave for town, I told them I was leaving and they wanted to go with me,” he said.
Mr. Kibuule revealed that the twins followed him up to the vehicle but he told them to stay home.
“My kids ran after me when I was leaving and wanted to go with me,” he said.
Mr. Kibuule said after leaving the gate, the twins’ mother Fortunate called him, informing him that my kids were crying that they wanted to travel with him.
“Unfortunately in the evening, I received a call that my kids were not ok and had been rushed to Albert hospital Mukono but they didn’t tell me they were dead until I reached there and confirmed by myself,” he said.
He said the kids drowned in the absence of their mother who had gone to supervise some work at the site.
“I will not get tired to get life, I will pray hard to replace my twins and please pray for me too to get the second set of twins and replace them because I loved them wholeheartedly,” the minister said.
He said the kids used to go for Sunday school.
“Actually the reverend promised to come back and pray specifically for the twins,” he said.
Mr. Kibuule read out President Museveni’s message to the family.
“We should know that death comes anytime and we should prepare for it. What has happened to you is not easy but it happens,” Mr. Museveni’s message read.
Former minister Jim Muhwezi cautioned families with swimming pools to have nets around them for protection from children.
“This is an example to us, and it is costly and painful but we should know that these luxurious things are dangerous,” he said.
Mr. Ssekandi revealed that Mr. Kibuule had gone to attend a cabinet meeting at the time of the incident.
“That was God’s preparation and we pray that they go to heaven,” he said.
There will be a funeral service at home at 3 pm and burial is tomorrow at 4 pm in Kapeke village, Nama sub-county Mukono district.