MUBENDE – Family and relatives of Ronald Ssebulime, who was shot dead by police on Sunday in an alleged assassination incident involving ICT Minister Idah Nantaba have accused police and government of lacking any feeling for ordinary Ugandans.
Ssebulime was shot dead on Sunday on his way to visit his children at school with police pointing him out as one of the two men who had reportedly been trailing Ms Nantaba.
Speaking at Ssebulime’s burial in Mubende District on Wednesday afternoon, mourner, after mourner called for action on the police officer who pulled the trigger and the minister, whose mistake they said, has left behind orphans.
Sebulime left behind four children, having lost his wife in 2013. The eldest is in Senior Four while the youngest is in Primary Two.
Ms Night Nanungi, an aunt to the deceased, who spoke on behalf of Ssebulime’s mother, urged residents to isolate government officials and police over the incident.
“We continue to curse; we curse you Nantaba for causing the death of our son. Let them make different special roads for government functionaries. They can no longer mix with us. How do you handcuff, remove a person from a police car and kill him?” she said.
“Our tears will deprive you of peace. We curse you for our tears. We curse you for the bereaved children. Ssebulime refused to remarry after the death of his wife. We are crying, you are out there enjoying. We have suffered since Sunday,” Ms Nanungi added.
Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, who attended the funeral, urged the public to speak out against the murder until the bereaved family gets justice.
“We should rally to ensure justice is achieved. They killed him while he was helpless. He leaves behind fatherless, motherless children. The granny, who would help, is also helpless. We will spearhead the process to achieve justice,” he said.
Frank Gashumba, a social critic, promised to pay school fees for the youngest child.
“I was appalled because I am also a single father. I know what it takes to raise a child. This is why I have attended the funeral. He was killed on his way to the visitation of his children and in a spirit of oneness, I will pay fees for the youngest child until university,” Mr Gashumba said.