MPIGI. Yasin Kawuma, a driver who was shot dead during a scuffle in Arua district on Monday, has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Buwama, Mpigi District. The deceased's body was handed over to the family at 4am from Arua District, where he breathed his last on Monday.
Hundreds of mourners, among them, family and friends convened at his brother's home in Lusanja, Wakiso District for his send-off, early on Wednesday.
They were joined by a team of youths donning black T-shirts with inscriptions, “Team Robert Kyagulanyi”, and a portrait of the deceased.
Ibrahim Sekajja Ssebuliba, a soccer coach from Kiteezi told mourners that he has been working with Kawuma for more than three years, training children under the Minerals Soccer Management Group, a talent development and child outreach project based in Kampala.
Ssebuliba spoke of Yasin as a humble, peaceful and committed person. He says that apart from coaching, Kawuma supported the team with basic necessities like food and scholastic materials adding that the untimely death puts the team in a tight position.
Some of Yasin's trainee's spoke of him as a good trainer who dedicated his time and effort to ensure that they learn and master relevant soccer skills. Uncle Yasin as he was also known, was a friendly and charitable coach.
Yasin believed to be in his 40s is survived by three wives and 11 children. His eldest son, 20-year-old Edirisa Ssebabi, is a student of Tractor Operation and Mechanics in Mwererwe Institute Matugga.
Ssebabi says his father was the breadwinner of the family and prays that no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of justice.