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Family, Mourners Fight Over Zigy Wyne’s Body

The artist passed on yesterday, a few days after he was allegedly dumped at Mulago Hospital by unknown people. At the time of his admission, he had reportedly been tortured, his fingers chopped, his left eye plucked out and had visible burns all over his body.

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There has been a series of clashes among people power supporters, Residents of Ganda in Nansana Municipality and the family of musician Michael Alinda, also known as Zigy Wyne.    

The artist passed on yesterday, a few days after he was allegedly dumped at Mulago Hospital by unknown people. At the time of his admission, he had reportedly been tortured, his fingers chopped, his left eye plucked out and had visible burns all over his body.

His body was taken to Ganda last evening for a night vigil, as soon as it was released from the City mortuary. However, a faction of distant relatives emerged claiming that the vigil and burial were planned to take place in Bushenyi and not in Ganda.

The Kampala group, comprising a few relatives and supporters of the people power pressure group claimed that the deceased would be buried in Bukoto, where his brother and mother were laid to rest, a few years ago.  But the team from Bushenyi accused the other groups of plotting to grab the deceased’s property, a development which evoked anger and resulted in a fight between the two sides.     

Vox pops //Cue in; “Omugenzi… 

Cue out…n’ono lumu.”// 

Amid tensions, the two factions were convinced to hold a meeting to resolve their differences. Alex Waiswa who chaired the meeting says they have agreed that the body remains in Ganda to enable his neighbours and friends pay tribute to him after which he will be taken to Bushenyi for burial.   

//Cue in; “we have agreed… 

Cue out…our brother.”//  

Luganda byte //Cue in; “Essawa kuminemu... 

Cue out…okuzikibwa.”//     

Who was Zigy Wyne? 

Although some people mistook him for Ziggy Dee, the Eno Mic hitmaker, Zigy Wyne had not risen to national fame as much as his counterparts in the Kamwokya based Fire Base Crew. But Immaculate Nalwadda, a sister to deceased, describes him as a focused and hardworking. 

Nalwadda says her brother had aspirations of becoming an artist at 12-years and sooner than later he started hanging around with Robert Kyagulanyi, who had inspired him. She notes that Alinda used to juggle music and his education and later attained a diploma in Information Technology after which he opened workshop around Nakulabye dealing in electronics and repair. 

Martin Lubowa, friend to the deceased remembers him as a calm person. Alinda is survived by a three-year-old boy and a pregnant wife identified as Hilda.

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