Kingdom heads miss ex-premier’s burial
Posted Monday, March 11 2013 at 02:00
Martin Musumba was buried at his home in Nawaka in Luuka District.
Top leaders of Busoga Kingdom were missing at the funeral of its former Prime Minister Martin Mukasa Musumba.
Musumba was buried on Friday at his home in Nawaka, Luuka District after succumbing to cancer of the liver.
During a requiem service at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe, the kingdom’s minister for culture, Mr Stephen Nantamu, praised the late Musumba as a hardworking man.
The kingdom’s permanent secretary, Mr Abdulatif Kiranda, declined to comment about the premier’s absence, dismissing reports that the current premier, Mr Wilson Muwereza, was bedridden.
Musumba served as the kingdom deputy prime minister between October 2001 and January 2004 before becoming prime minister between January 2004 and October 2007.
President Museveni said Busoga had lost an inspirational and enterprising leader, who politically and culturally steered the sub-region at a time of turmoil.
In a message delivered by Lands minister, Mr Daudi Migereko, President Museveni said Musumba would be remembered for his great contribution to the social, economic and political transformation of Busoga and Uganda.
“He was supportive of government programmes and projects while serving as a kingdom prime minister and chairperson of Iganga District,” the President said.