KAMPALA: The burial arrangements of lawyer Robert Aldridge Kasango, alias Bob, have been suspended indefinitely.
According to the friend of the deceased, Mr Andrew Mwenda, the burial has been postponed to allow his family and inlaws to reach an amicable agreement on where to rest his remains.
In a facebook post, Mwenda wrote that ” This is to inform friends, relatives, in-laws and well wishers of the late Bob Kasango that his burial arrangements have been postponed indefinitely to allow his family and in-laws reach an amicable agreement on where to rest his remains” read the statement.
By press time last evening, Kasango’s body was still being kept at A-Plus Funeral Management home at Mengo in Kampala.
The body of the late lawyer was taken to the funeral home after it was intercepted from mourners who had hijacked it from All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, after the funeral service on Tuesday.
“The body is still at Mengo at the funeral home until the two warring families amicably agree on where to bury it,” Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesperson, told this newspaper last evening.
There were dramatic scenes at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, on Tuesday when a group of people led by Kasango’s mother Rose Kabise, confronted other mourners led by Kasango’s widow Nice Bitarabeho Kasango, grabbed the casket containing the lawyer’s remains, put it on a truck, and sped off towards Tororo for burial.
Ms Kabise wants her son buried at his ancestral home in Tororo District contrary to the burial plans made by Ms Kasango to have the lawyer buried in Fort Portal, where the family allegedly acquired land.
There were reports that Kasango’s body had been airlifted in the middle of Tuesday night to Fort Portal for burial.
However, Kasango’s sister only indentified as Immaculate, dismissed the news as propaganda by the Fort Portal group to deceive the public that the body has been taken.
“We are camping at the funeral home to closely watch over the body and it is still here. He must be buried home in Tororo,” Immaculate said in an interview recently.
According to initial burial arrangements, Kasango was to be buried today at Gweri Village in Fort Portal City.
He succumbed to heart related complications on Saturday inside Luzira prison in Kampala.