Kakoma widow rejects move to dig up husband’s grave

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WAKISO. The widow of late Prof George Kakoma has opposed the move to dig up her husband’s grave, saying despite evident tampering with the mound, she believes his remains are intact.
Ms Mary Tereza Kakoma also said the people who dug through the side of her husband’s grave mound intended to kill her because they knew she has high blood pressure. Prof Kakoma is celebrated as the composer of the Uganda National Anthem.

Kakoma’s grave mount was discovered vandalised on Wednesday by an unknown intruders, who the residents now fear could have stolen his remains on Tuesday night.
“I am the widow of late Prof Kakoma and I have a right to oppose any action from the residents, the police, and my family members and that’s why I have stood my ground to oppose whoever intends to remove the body from the grave.”

“The only alternative is to reseal where those people dug through and my husband rests in peace. Even if a court order is secured, I will not allow them to dismantle my husband grave,” Ms Kakoma said.
She said before Kakoma died, he had secured his Will and had chosen Mr Robert Kyansoka, their youngest son, as his heir amid opposition from the children of the late Christine Norah Kabuga, who live in America. She said the group instead nominated their brother Semu Ssegobya as heir.



Ms Mary Tereza Kakoma

“I have been going through many problems and the act of digging my husband grave is intended to kill me. But I am strong and I will not allow them to overrule me. I will not allow anything to happen to my husband grave, but since I have no money to guarantee his security, I now call upon President Museveni to offer security to my late husband’s grave,” she added.
But the family and relatives of late Kakoma in a meeting resolved to secure a court order and asked Ms Gladys Nakibuule, who is a judge and one of the granddaughters of the late professor of music, to secure the court order.

“The dead have rights according to Uganda’s Constitution, and right now I am going to court to secure the court order and dig up the grave to see whether my grandfather [remains] is there,” Ms Nakibuule said.
For now, Kokoma’s relatives, family members and residents of Mabwombwe village in Mende Sub-county, Wakiso District, are locked in a dispute over what to do with the tampered grave mound.



Prof George Kakoma

Prior to Uganda’s independence in 1962, three sub-committees were established to deal with Uganda’s national symbols. The sub-committee for the creation of a national anthem encouraged Ugandans to submit their proposals. The compositions had to be short, original, solemn, praising and looking forward to the future. They had to be harmonised in the usual four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The committee chose Prof George Kakoma’s composition. It had taken him a day to compose the music and lyrics for the anthem.

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