According to Constance Taaka, a family member, Awori, dug his own grave to prepare for his death about ten years ago. Taaka says that Awori preferred his body to be buried in a quiet place of his choice.
One of the elders inspects the grave.
Aggrey Awori will be buried in a grave he built 10 years ago.
former ICT Minister and presidential candidate died on Monday in Kampala. He will be laid to rest at his
country home in Kibimba village, Buwuni town council in Bugiri district on
Awori's sister Constance Taaka, , Awori, dug his own grave to prepare for
his death about ten years ago. Taaka says that Awori preferred his body to be
buried in a quiet place of his choice.
Taaka, who is currently attending to the mourners at the late
Awori’s home says that the deceased often told his relatives and friends that
he had constructed his burial site to reduce the burden on the mourners.
was a very open-minded person and he often told us, including some of his
neighbours, how he had constructed his own grave, as a way of reducing on the
financial burden that, would be incurred by mourners during the preparation of
his last funeral rites." Said Taaka
Currently, the grave is being guarded by security personnel. On Thursday,
dozens of mourners thronged his home and gathered at the grave to pay their
Oketch, a neighbour says that they had no option but to gather at the grave
since burial ceremonies have been restricted to not more than 20 people as one
of the measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
that Awori was a senior elder within their community and they respected his
decision of constructing a grave before his death.
sounded strange at first because most of us had never heard of someone constructing
their own grave before death, we respected his decision over the
years,” he says.
Samia-Bugwe North, Busia District in Parliament from 2001 until 2006.
He was an
outspoken opposition member of parliament for the Uganda People's Congress
(UPC) political party. In 2007, he abandoned the party and joined the ruling
National Resistance Movement-NRM.
In 2019, Awori was appointed Minister for Information & Communications
Technology until 2011 when he was dropped in the cabinet reshuffle. He also
contested in the 2011 Presidential elections.