Rakai's Oldest Woman Dies at 124 Years

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Nakabugo during the Christmas celebrations Davie Daniels

Nakabugo during the Christmas celebrations

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Nakabugo is believed to have died at the age of 124 years and is thought to have been the oldest woman in the Southern Region. She leaves behind 400 grandchildren.

Residents in Rakai are mourning the death of their oldest woman in the district identified as Nakubugo Manjeri who passed away on Wednesday. Nakabugo is believed to have been 124 years old at the time of her death. 
 
Nakabugo, a resident of Mityeberi in Kasasa who celebrated her longevity on 1st January 2013 with her six daughters and grandchildren, slipped on the steps of the door to her house on Wednesday and died on the spot.
 
One of the grand children who was present at the time she died said she found her lying on her back at the doorstep.
 
Nakabugo is believed to have died at the age of 124 years and is thought to have been the oldest woman in the Southern Region. She leaves behind 400 grandchildren.
 
She was born in 1888 at Nyamitanga village in Mbarara district, and got married to Noah Ggavamukulya in 1910 before they shifted to Mityebiri in Rakai in1932 where they produced nine children.
 
According to her first born Namugenyi Maria (90), three other children died at a tender age and only six namely Nakiryowa Mangandalena, Ggava Namusoke, Nalubiri Divina, Nampiima Christine and Joyce Nalwanga have survived up to now.
 
Her husband Ggavamukulya was the first to pass away leaving her to take care of the children.
 
Namugenyi told journalists that Nakabugo’s health started deteriorating in October 2012, as she grew weaker she completely lost her sight and was blind by the time she died.
 
She added that Nakabugo always loved to have her children and grand children around her every festive day and could not miss a church service unless when she was too weak to attend. She was later buried at her home in Mityebiri on Wednesday.
 
Residents say that Nakabugo’s death left a huge gap because she was very famous in Mityebiri. They added that it was a shame district leaders and government had failed to register Nakabugo and other Rakai residents who live to an advanced age.
 
Rakai district lost another senior resident in 2011 as John Baptist Ggaava who reportedly died at the age of 136. A resident of Kamagwa village in Lwankoni Sub-county, he died  shortly after celebrating his 136th birthday.

Nakabugo was buried on Thursday. 

 

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