Government will accord official burial to the Faith of Unity founder and leader Desteo Owobusobozi Bisaka.
Bisaka, a self-proclaimed god passed away in Kenya where he had been flown for better medical services.
“We announce the passing on of the body of Omukama Ruhanga Owobusobozi Bisaka, the founder of the Faith of Unity of all people” a joint statement released by Omukwenda Mitooro, Bisaka’s son and Omukwenda Mugisa on behalf of the Faith of Unity advisory council.
The statement which was released on Saturday said other preparations will be announced later.
The death of Bisaka has been a major speculation on social media for over two weeks but government and his faith of Unity have been silent about the matter.
Daily Monitor has learnt that senior government officials led by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda met with Bisaka’s family and senior officials on Friday in Kampala where they agreed on the burial arrangements.
The State Minister for Public service Mr David Karubanga was reportedly assigned by Dr Rugunda to coordinate the burial arrangements.
Mr Karubanga who is also the Kigorobya County MP in Hoima district said President Museveni has directed Government to accord Bisaka an official burial due to his good contributions towards the development of Uganda.
“His Excellency the President has also guided that the burial arrangements should adhere to the Government guidelines that have been put in place to fight COVID 19,” Mr Karubanga said.
He said government and Bisaka’s family have agreed that the burial ceremony will be held on January 31 at Kapyemi hill, Muhorro town council in Kagadi District.
According to Mr Karubanga, government has sent its condolences to the bereaved family, friends and followers of the faith of unity.
According to family sources, Bisaka passed on last week in Kenya where he was air lifted having breathing complications.
Although the cause of death has not been officially announced, reliable family sources say he has for long been battling high blood pressure and diabetes.
Bisaka was born on June 11th, 1930 in Buyanja County in Kibaale district, to Petero Byombi, who served as a catechist in Bujuni parish for over 50 years.
In his biography which he published in 1987, Bisaka says Nyakake taught him about the goodness of God and when he enrolled for secondary education at Mugalike SS in 1944,he got interest in becoming a priest which never materialized.
Before founding the Faith of Unity in the early 1980s, Bisaka was a teacher at Muhorro Primary School and choir master in Muhorro Catholic Church. According to his biography, he served as secretary and chairman of the Muhorro catholic Parish council.
The faith of unity has followers in Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and South Sudan among others.
His followers pray every 2nd, 12th and 22nd of each month.