Busoga Mourns Chief Kakaire

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The Busoga kingdom is mourning Chief Fred Nelson Kakaire Ntuse Mamala Menhya Zirabamuzale who passed away on Friday.

The Busoga kingdom parliament - Lukiiko is mourning Chief Fred Nelson Kakaire Ntuse Mamala Menhya Zirabamuzale who passed away on Friday.
The kingdom Lukiiko in a special session today at the kingdom council hall at Busoga kingdom headquarters in Bugembe, commended Chief Kakaire for fostering unity in the kingdom.

Dr. Mohammed Lubega, the first deputy prime minister of the kingdom while addressing the Lukiiko praised the late as a peace-loving and incorruptible leader. He noted that all Basoga should emulate the late Kakaire's love for his kingdom and commitment to uphold culture.

Chief Kakaire succumbed to diabetes at his home in Bugweri county, Iganga district at the age of 83.
Kakaire was the Titular Head of Bugweri and a one-time Chief Prince in the Kingdom of Busoga. He was a Physiotherapist and well known as Kakaire Ow'amagumba to suit his trade.

He became the Titular Head of Bugweri when his elder brother James Nyende ceded to him the reigns he succeeded from his father, Menha Yekonia Kibeedi Kyedumira Zirabamuzale and served his people until he became frail three years ago.
Lubega says Kakaire is one of the few leaders in Busoga who wrote the history of his people and the Kingdom of Busoga from an informed point of view. He however says most of the written works of Mzee Kakaire had not been put to print.
He was one of the many sons of the legendary Zirabamuzale, the Secretary General of the Busoga Lukiiko and a member of the Legislative Council - LEGCO, a body that served as parliament in the colonial era. 
Kakaire was among the chiefs who met President Yoweri Museveni in the early 1990s to discuss the restoration of the Kyabazingaship in Busoga.
He will be laid to rest on Wednesday at his ancestral home in Igombe village, Bugweri county,  Iganga district.


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