KAMPALA, UGANDA: The family of the late Dr. Hajji Bulaim Muwanga Kibirige alias BMK has confirmed that he will be buried this Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at Nkoowe Muslim Cemetery in Wakiso district.
This was reached upon, after a meeting that was held at the deceased’s official residence, based in Naguru, in Kampala on Friday afternoon. During the same meeting, a burial committee was selected to ensure that he is accorded a decent send-off.
The committee Secretary Hajji Isa Musoke said Hajji Manisoor Matovu alias Yanga will chair the Committee and will be deputised by Al-Hajji Medi Ssebaggala Bakuuba, while the Treasurer, is Hajji Isaac Ngobya, being deputised by Kakungulu Memorial’s Headteacher-Hajji Habib Buwembo.
Meanwhile, Hajji Isaac Ngobya has told journalists that BMK’s body will arrive at Entebbe International Airport on Saturday at 2pm and later the burial will take place on Sunday.
‘We would want to bury on Saturday but the challenge we got is that the deceased has been living with all his family in Nairobi ever since he was taken to Agakhan hospital, so all of them have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test yet the results can’t be made available quickly that is why we have decided to adjourn the burial arrangement up to Sunday,’ he said.
‘We have made a small budget of only Sh170m and so far people have pledged to contribute,’ said Musoke.
On the pledge list there is, Hajji Manisoor Matovu with Sh30m, Hassan Basajjabalaba-Sh15m, Cafejavas tycoon-Mandella-Sh15m, Charles Mbiire-Sh10m, Hajji Badru Muwanga of Luuka Plastics-Sh5m, Uganda Hotel Owner’s Association-Sh5m, among others.
BMK passed away on Friday morning after battling a long illness in Nairobi where he was being hospitalized.
According to the family, BMK has been battling cancer for the last six years.
It was first detected while he was in Thailand.
“As soon as we realised he had cancer, we took him to USA for treatment before we took him to other countries like German, Israel, and Nairobi-Kenya respectively,” a family member told mourners.
At the time of his death, he had two wives; Hajjati Sophia Muwanga and Hajjati Haawa Muwanga.
BMK has been the Managing Director of BMK Group of Companies which deals in several businesses including hotels, machinery, construction, among others.