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Fort Portal Municipality Mourns Former Mayor

The Fort Portal Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, says the deceased will be remembered for a number of projects that led to the transformation of the municipality.
Duke Cyprian Kasaija (1934-2018)

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Fort Portal Municipality has held a special council session to mourn the former mayor, Duke Cyprian Kasaija. The 85-year-old Kasaija succumbed to diabetes on Saturday.  

 

The Fort Portal Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, says the deceased will be remembered for a number of projects that led to the transformation of the municipality. He explains that Kasaija, who was mayor from 1995 to 1998, was the brain behind the creation of Kabundaire market that currently earns the municipality Shillings 17 million each month.

He says Kasaija will also be remembered for championing the creation of Nyakaseke Taxi Park and the construction of Kagote and Kagaraga Health Center IIIs among other achievements.

He says the council will name the road that joins Fort Portal Senior Secondary School and Mugunu Lorry Park after deceased because of his hard work.

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Council pledged to contribute Shillings 4 million towards Kasaija's burial. Alex Ruhunda, the Fort Portal Municipality MP, described the deceased as a mentor and distinguished elder, who was peace loving and developmental.

He tasked his fellow leaders to document the history of all the leaders in the area for remembrance.  Herbert Mugisa, the South Division LC III chairman, said the late Kasaija was the first mayor to extend street lights to Kasusu ward, which falls under his jurisdiction. He asked the current leaders to espouse him.

Harriet Nyakake, the daughter to the deceased and also the first deputy Prime Minister Tooro Kingdom, said his father loved his family, his village, the district, Kingdom and the country at large.

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She said the family will start up a project in Fort Portal town in his memory. The late Kasaija studied at Kinyamasika Primary School and St Leo's College Kyegobe for both his “O” and “A” levels. He later went to Kenya for further studies.

At the time of his death, he was a member of Tooro Supreme Council where he represented the Babiito Clan and was also a member of the Tooro Language Board. He is survived by 8 children and 7 grandchildren.

A requiem mass will be held for the deceased at Bukwali Catholic church at 10am on Tuesday followed by the burial at the his home in Bukwali in Fort Portal at 2pm.

Kasaija's body was not brought before the council at Mucwa Rukurato hall because of the Tooro cultural norms, which dictate that once a body is taken at home, it cannot be removed and taken back.

Instead, his framed photos were put before council.