It was a somber mood in Mpanga village in Mpenja Sub County in Gomba District during the burial of Resty Nalinya Mbabazi who was gunned down together with Muhammad Kirumira, the former Buyende District Police Commander.
The duo was gunned down by unidentified assassins on Saturday night at Bulenga Town council in Wakiso District. While Kirumira was buried on Sunday in accordance with the Islamic tradition, Nalinya Mbabazi was laid to rest On Monday afternoon.
Unlike Kirumira's funeral that was filled with pomp, Mbabazi's funeral was calm. Several mourners castigated the masterminds of assassinations in the country and faulted government for failing to provide security to citizens.
The Katonga Region Police Commander, Francis Chemusto represented Uganda Police Force, which catered for the entire burial ceremony through A-plus funeral managers. Shortly after his arrival, Chemusto went to console the family of deceased in silence.
He pulled out a brown envelop and tried to hand it to the deceased's father, Aloysius Kayitale but he turned it down. The commander who appeared loathed slowly pocketed the envelope before his juniors located for him a seat. Our reporter later learnt that the money was a condolence of Shillings 2 million from the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola.
The Gomba Resident District Commissioner, Fred Nayebale, who delivered the president's condolence massage containing Shillings 5 million also feared to confront the emotional father and handed over the cash to other family members.
The deceased's sister, Lillian Mutesi who witnessed the murder told URN that Mbabazi was a mobile agent in Bulenga. Mutesi, who was staying with the deceased, explained that the late Kirumira was a regular customer to their business.
She said Kirumira would often park at their mobile money outlet to make several transactions. With tears in her eyes, Mutesi said Kirumira parked his vehicle on the fateful night possibly to reload his phone or transact on mobile, but unlike on the previous occasions, he called Mbabazi to the car.
She however, notes that unidentified assailants riding on a motorcycle pulled up and sprayed the duo with bullets. Mutesi says that after the shooting several Boda boda riders pulled Kirumira and Mbabazi from the car.
She explained that the Boda boda motorists placed her sister who was still breathing on a pick-up truck and rushed her to Lubaga Hospital. Mutesi says her sister's life could have been saved, but the medical workers informed them that they were under instructions not to attend to the duo.
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Umar Rwejema Kyeyune, another family member told URN that Mbabazi had tentatively separated with her husband, Benon Mayambala because of some problems. He explained that the late Kirumira offered to mediate between the two because he was a friend to Mbabazi.
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Steven Walugembe, a brother to the deceased, says that after learning about Kirumira's death at around 10pm on the news, he tried to call his sister but her phone went without reply.
He says a few minutes later, he received a call from someone informing him that his sister had been killed alongside Kirumira.
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Who was Mbabazi ?
Resty Nalinya Mbabazi was born in 1993 to Alyosoiyus Kayitale and Fredian Kyalimpa at Mpenja Village in Gomba District. She went to Mpenga Primary School. She later moved in with her old sister in Kisaasi, Kampala where she lived for several years before she got married and relocated to Bulenga.
Walugembe described her sister as a social person who liked everybody. She explained that although the late Mbabazi hasn't been well off, she has been playing a central role in treating their ill mother.
Mbabazi died at 26 years. She is survived by two children; Angelina Nabumba, 3 years and Sebstian Ssabwe Kaweesa, 5 years.