Archbishop Lwanga mourns boat victims

The Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has mourned the victims of the Saturday
boat cruise tha claimed dozens of lives. A total of 32 bodies were recovered from the lake between by Sunday. A total of 27 people were rescued by mainly civilians near Mutima Beach in Mpunge sub-county, Mukono district.

“It is a trying moment for Uganda. It is not only a loss for the relatives, but a loss to the country,”
Lwanga said. “The country has lost people who were developmental. I join the rest of Ugandans to
mourn with them.”

In his prayers, he mentioned Paul Ssemakula Mayanja, a boat cruise victim, who was the chairperson of Rubaga Twezimbe committee. The prelate thanked God for the survivors and also prayed for the families whose loved ones were injured at Busika rally when a speeding car rammed into revelers Lwanga appealed to the congregation to walk in the light of God “for the time of death reckons without notice”.

He was speaking during the requiem mass of Alfred Mukasa Ddamulira Ssewava, the father of Msgr. John Wynand Katende, at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala yesterday. Lwanga described Ddamulira as a hardworking Christian and a responsible parent who nurtured his children in the Catholic faith.

Among the hundreds of mourners who attended the requiem mass were former Democratic Party president general Dr Paul Semogerere, religious leaders and the business community. Later in the day, another requiem Mass was held at the cathedral for George William Ssengendo, a boat cruise victim. The requiem Mass was led by Fr Emmanuel Kalema.

Ssengendo was born on April 1961 by late Joseph Kisitu and princess Dorotia of KasasaMasaka. He is survived by eight children and a wife. Ssengendo will be buried today, in Masaka.

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Lukwago Joseph grew up in a newspaper family, and rumor has it that instead of playing the guitar in his infancy, his parents put a reporter’s notebook and a pen next to him shortly after he turned born eight years. Before becoming editor of UGANDANZ, Lukwago was a parliament news editor for WBS TV. He joined UGANDANZ in July 2018, A few months after the company launched. Lukwago also spent five years as a freelance reporter, where he covered reporting for the highest bidder, intelligence, foreign policy, and Ugandan police. Lukwago graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and worked on his college newspaper.