Friday February 22 2013

Museveni’s father dies

By Monitor Reporter

Mzee Amos Kaguta, President Yoweri Museveni’s father, is dead.
He died Friday at International Hospital Kampala, a privately-owned health unit where he was admitted last week.
"Mr Museveni and all Kaguta family wish to announce the death of their father Mzee Amos Kaguta, 96, which occurred today February 22 at 0700 hrs at International Hospital in Kampala. The family thank[s] all the doctors that cared for Mr Kaguta in his last moments. Burial arrangements will be announced later. May Mzee's soul rest in peace," a short text message from the President's Deputy Press Secretary Lindah Nabusayi Wamboka reads.
Last week, family and hospital declined to discuss specifics of Mzee Kaguta's ailment but Dr Diana Atwine, the family’s physician, said he was taken to hospital for “observation” after complaining of “abdominal pains”.
But another source said Mzee Kaguta had a problem with his head, and gave no detail.
State House officials said Mzee Kaguta’s hospitalisation, reportedly on Thursday, was a family matter and they would not comment on it.
In his book, Sowing the Mustard Seed, President Museveni describes his father as an enduring character and disciplinarian.
Mr Museveni recounts the father’s struggles to bring them up in a rural and cattle-herding community with modest resources, embracing Western education and imparting in them traditional values even after converting to Christianity in the 1950s.
Mzee Kaguta, a former traditionalist, converted to Christianity and got baptised as Amos around 1944, the year Mr Museveni suspects he was born, and had the toddler baptised at an Anglican Church on August 3, 1947 – without going through requisite catechism lessons.