Local diva Juliana Kanyomozi is bereaved. Juliana, as she is fondly called by her fans lost her only son, Keron Kabugo yesterday morning.
Eleven-year-old Kabugo lost battle to Asthma at 10:25am at the Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Two weeks back, he suffered an attack while at school. He was rushed to Nakasero Hospital where the doctors recommended that he be transferred to Nairobi,” narrated Annette Kim, the songstress personal assistant.
“He had been improving steadily. However, last Saturday his condition deteriorated. And he died on Sunday Morning,” she added.
According to Ms Kim, the burial arrangements were not yet confirmed. She explained that the family was still getting to terms with the unfortunate occurrence and arranging to fly the deceased’s body from Nairobi. “We have also not ascertained when we’ll be returning to Kampala,” she said.
Charles Lukwago a brother to Kabugo’s father, Amon Lukwago, said a vigil was slated to be held yesterday in Gabba, at the home the of the departed’s paternal grandfather.
Kabugo was a Primary Five pupil at Agha Khan Primary School in Kampala.
He was diagnosed with asthma two years ago. The 11-year-old was a product of a relationship the songbird had with businessman Lukwago.
The duo met in the 90s but went separate ways in 2005. Kabugo has been living with the mother but both parents were present in his life. The two were by his side prior to his death.
The singer’s personal assistant described the deceased as a bright boy who was so protective of his mother. “I do not know how she is going to handle this big loss. The love between the two surpassed that which is between twins,” she stated.
Mr Andrew Benon Kibuuka the president of Uganda Performing Artists and Musicians Association, described the death as a tragedy for the group and Kanyomozi as an individual. “The affectionate relationship between Juliana and the son was more than words can define. Juliana was her son and her son was Juliana. They were one. It is so sad,” said Mr Kibuuka.