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Mother to slain Rukungiri church leader speaks out

The mood at their home in Katojo cell Rwakirungura ward Buyanja Town Council Rukungiri was tense on Saturday morning when the local media visited there. (PHOTO/File)

Janerose Bakeshisha, 77, mother to the slain Brother Emmanuel Robert Mugarura who was found dead near the hostel in Kyambogo has told the press the last words she had with her murdered son.

The mood at their home in Katojo cell Rwakirungura ward Buyanja Town Council Rukungiri was tense on Saturday morning when the local media visited there.

Some women majority relatives Brother Emmanuel Mugarura were in the house with Mzee Bakeshisha planning how to go to Masaka for the burial of his son the next day.

She said Emmanuel Robert Mugarura was the 7th born in the family of four boys and eight girls, all eight girls are still alive and three boys have since died.

Mugarura was coming from humble family and he attended Katojo primary school in Buyanja then, St Gerald’s ss Nyakibale for S1 and 2 before joining religious leadership education at Kiteredde in Masaka.

“We agreed with him as family to join the church leadership education and the good thing church started paying his school fees until he completed his studies,” she said.

She added that the whole family was surviving from Mugarura even before his father died in 2017.

“He has been paying school fees for most children of his sisters and late brothers even to others who he is not related with. At present he was paying school fees to over 30 children in Universities, institutions and secondary school,” she said.

Bakeshisha added that his son was born on 20th December 1972 at her home and his father never buy her meat as he used to do whenever she gave birth because Christmas was near and he said she will eat Christmas meat.

“When he grew up and told him that his father never gave me meat at his birth time claiming that Christmas was near, he used to send me money to buy meat every weekend,” she said

She added that in his childhood he used to assist old people and to work in the garden that he could not go for parties like other children.

She said his last days with him was in Easter holidays that he came home after Easter and spend two days at home with his suspected killer Robert Asiimwe a student at Kyambogo University.

“My son was helping  many children but among them he was very close to Robert Asiimwe who was like his real brother, last time they were here I tried to prepare a separate bed for his visitor but refused saying is his brother they will sleep in his bedroom together,” she said.

She added that he told her that Asiimwe was from Ruti in Mbarara that he taught him at St Charles Lwanga seminary Kitabi started paying his school fees from S2 up to where he was toady.

After his study, he worked at Kiterede, Eledoret in Kenya as head teacher and then to St Charles Lwanga seminary Kitabi in Bushenyi where he worked as head teacher for eight years before he was promoted to the level of Superior general of brothers.

He was overseeing the projects of Banakalori in East Africa countries. Had completed touring Kenya projects and was scheduled to visit Tanzania next month.

According to her mother, late Mugarura was planning a function to celebrate his 25years in priest next year in apple.

Bakeshisha said his son started serving in church when he was just five years was working as Alter server at Katojo Catholic Church.

His father Serestiano Bakeshisha died in March 2017. “After the death of my husband Mugarura constructed for me a new house to make sure I forget the death of my husband,” she said.

Mathius Gumoshabe said he was paying his school fees from Primary four up to University and is in Nkozi second year in engineering department.

“I don’t have where to begin from because he was doing everything to me I don’t see where I can get school fees for the remaining semesters,” he said.

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