Kasango burial case hearing for Tuesday

On March 5, the burial of late Kasango was postponed indefinitely to allow his family and in-laws to reach an amicable agreement on where to rest his remains.

KASANGO BURIAL CASE: The High Court will on Tuesday hear an application in which the widow to the late Robert ‘Bob’ Aldrige Kasango, seeks orders to have the deceased buried in Gweri village, Burahya County, Fort Portal city, Kabalore district.

Rosie Kabise, who has been dragged to the Family Division of the High Court in Kampala by Nice Bitarabeho, wants his late son buried at her matrimonial home in Tororo district.

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On March 5, the burial of late Kasango was postponed indefinitely to allow his family and in-laws to reach an amicable agreement on where to rest his remains.

High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe is expected to preside over the case after the family and in-laws failed to agree on where to bury late Kasango.

“Take note that this honourable court will be moved on March 23, 2021, at 2:00pm or soon thereafter as counsel for the applicant shall be heard on the application for orders sought,” court documents indicate.

In an application filed on March 12, 2021, Bitarabeho also wants court to restrain Kabise or anyone claiming any right through her from interfering with her (Bitarabeho) in burying the deceased in Gweri village. She also wants costs of the suit.

Bitarabeho says she and the late were blessed with three children, namely, Samora Kasango, Stephanie Kasango and Ivana Kasango.

According to court documents, Kasango passed away on February 27, 2021, at Luzira Prison and the next day the Uganda Prisons Services released the body of the late to Bitarabeho as the named next of kin for burial.

The applicant contends that her late husband wanted to be buried in Gweri village, where they built their country home.

Upon his demise, Bitarabeho says she made arrangements to hold a wake in vigil at their home in Butabika, Luzira, pending funeral arrangements and requiem service for the late Kasango.

“After some discussions and while at the wake prior to the funeral service, a meeting was convened with all people concerned including Kabise and it was agreed that the deceased be buried in Fort portal and all arrangements were made for this to go ahead,” the applicant revealed.

Subsequently, on March 3, the funeral service for the deceased was held at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero, Kampala.

Bitarabeho, however, claims that after the funeral service, Kabise in connivance with other people wrongfully and unlawfully without her or their children’s consent forcefully took the deceased’s body from church and attempted to transport it to Tororo for burial.

Following the dramatic scenes, the applicant says she contacted police and the deceased’s body was recovered in Namugongo en route to Tororo and has since been placed at the A-Plus Funeral home.

“It is only fair and equitable that the body of the late be unconditionally released to the applicant for burial in Fort portal,” she requests.

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