KAMPALA – Opposition politicians from Busoga Sub-region have asked former Vice President Dr Specioza Wandera Kazibwe to apologize over her remarks against Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi at the burial of Bishop Cyprian Bamwoze in Jinja District on Sunday.
During the burial, Dr Kazibwe, who was allowed chance to address mourners by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga at the burial, rebuked Bobi Wine, saying she wondered why he attended the funeral of a person he did not know.
“I don’t know what Bobi Wine has come here for because he doesn’t know the deceased,” she said, a statement that attracted boos from mourners.
And now, members of the Forum for Democratic Change and Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), a young wing of the Democratic Party (DP), said Dr Kazibwe should apologise for ashaming Basoga by not being hospitable.
“As Opposition in Busoga, we apologise for the indiscipline Dr Kazibwe exhibited towards visitors who came to attend the Bishop’s burial, including Bobi Wine. In Busoga culture, it is not a crime to attend the burial of someone you didn’t visit when he was still alive. She should apologize,’’ said DP General Press Secretary Fred Mwesigwa during a press briefing in Jinja Town on Tuesday.
Jinja Municipal Council Speaker Moses Bizitu, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), said in Busoga culture, they welcome everyone who comes to grieve, adding that Dr Kazibwe’s “indiscipline” was uncalled for.
Mr Moses Bigirwa, the People Power Coordinator, said it was unfortunate for such a statement to be made by Dr Kazibwe.
Bobi Wine’s arrival at the burial had earlier excited the mourners. Accompanied by Jinja East Member of Parliament Paul Mwiru, the politician-cum artiste had arrived at about 11am. He was welcomed by area MP Nelson Lufafa and ushered into the VIP tent where ministers and invited guests sat. FDC president Patrick Amuriat, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Kampala Minister Betty Kamya, State Minister for Works and Transport Gen Edward Katumba, and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, among others attended the burial.
No wreaths and money contributions were allowed at the burial as stated in the Bishop’s will.
President Museveni, in a condolence message read by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, said Bishop Bamwoze has contributed to the development of youth by mentoring them.
On his way back, Bobi Wine was mobbed by supporters at Namawojjolo, a popular town on the Kampala-Jinja Highway known for selling roasted meat. Many vendors served him with meat as they mobbed his vehicle.