Saturday January 18 2014

DNA tests confirm Bitama’s father


KAMPALA- The DNA tests carried out on the body of deceased comedian Paddy Bitama and his relatives have revealed that his father is Peter Njegula ending the seven-day long dispute.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, said the DNA results on Bitama’s body and Mr Njegula were positive while the tests on Richard Ssali, Bitama’s maternal brother, were negative.
“We gave the results to both parties and they have agreed with the outcome. In fact, we left them drawing the plan of the burial together,” Mr Ssenkumbi said yesterday.

Bitama worked as a radio presenter but made his name as an actor and comedian. He died last weekend but he could not be buried after two men claimed him as their son. This prompted a DNA test, which has since proved inconclusive.

In 2011 Bitama attempted to stand for presidency but failed the nomination process. He was a founding member of the comedy outfit, Amarula Family. A member of the group, Nicholas Mpeirwe known by his stage name Messe told this newspaper they were expecting the DNA results any time.