Thursday May 1 2014

Bunyoro Kingdom mourns former prime minister

By Francis Mugerwa

Bunyoro sub-region is mourning the death of Metusera Tibigambwa Katuramu Amooti, former Bunyoro Kingdom prime minister, who died on Wednesday morning.

The 92-year-old retired civil servant died at his home after spending several months complaining of stomach and chest pain. His elder son John Katuramu said his father woke up that morning and was supported to bathe and he had breakfast.

“He told me that he was getting weaker, but we hoped his health would improve,” he said.

Katuramu was left under the care of his wife when John went to Hoima Town to do shopping. But on returning, he found his father dead.
A requiem mass will be held for him at St Peters Cathedral in Hoima Town today and burial will take place tomorrow in Kaitira village in Hoima Municipality.

Ms Fridah Katuramu, his wife for more than 50 years, said the deceased was a peaceful, caring and loving husband.
Bunyoro affairs state minister Ernest Kiiza described the deceased as a very humble man.

The deceased had several children, many of whom work in the Diaspora as well as Ms Deborah Katuramu, the Permanent Secretary in the President’s Office.

The retired Bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese, the Rt Rev Wilson Nkuuna Turumanya, described the deceased as a parent who helped him succeed in life.

The current kingdom prime minister, Rev Jackson Nsamba Kasozi, said Katuramu served as premier during the reign of Omukama Sir Tito Winyi until 1967 when kingdoms were abolished by the Obote I regime.
Katuramu also served in the boards of several companies in the 1980s and 90s. Among them were the Uganda Development Corporation, Lira Spinning Mill, Uganda National Tobacco and National Insurance Corporation.