Lwemiyaga Constituency Member of Parliament Theodore Ssekikuboâ€™s father Mzee Sam Mwagalwa is dead. Mwagalwa is remembered for giving refuge to President Museveni during the six year National Resistance Army (NRA) bush struggle. He was 109 years old.
Mwagalwa died at his home in Lwemiyaga trading centre in Sembabule district after a prolonged illness. He suffered from Hypertension.
Mathias Musisi, one of his sons, confirms Mwagalwa's death and explains that he had been unwell for a long time.
Mwagalwa who was born in 1905 at Kangavve in Bulemeezi, the present day Luweero District, settled in Sembabule in 1945.
On settling in Sembabule, Mwagalwa took an active part in politics and served in different capacities including the county chairperson for Uganda Peoples Movement (UPM), from where he joined President Museveni in his guerilla movements.
One of his greatest contributions in the NRA bush war was hiding the rebels including President Museveni himself as well as offering treatment using local herbs.
The deceased has been proud of this and has often publically declared to have been a personal doctor to President Museveni’s father the late Amos Kaguta.
Musisi says his father was reknown for curing syphilis and offering traditional reproductive health services using herbs.
Mwagalwa has spent most of his life at his home in Sembabule and has been a member of Sembabule Veterans Association.
Mzee Mwagalwa came into the limelight in 2011 during NRM primaries, when he camped at Masaka Central Police Station and demanded for the immediate release of his son Theodore Ssekikubo. Ssekikubo had been arrested in connection to electoral violence that had occurred in the constituency.
Mwagalwa went on a two days hunger strike, abused police officers until police released his son Ssekikubo and dropped charges against him.
He has been an advocate for political reforms in the country and has strongly been in support of Ssekikubo’s demands for constitutionalism and at one time advised President Museveni to pass on power to another.
Details of where Mwagalwa will be buried have not yet been revealed by the family. Some relatives have proposed that he be buried in Kangavve -Bulemeezi while others say he should be buried in Ssembabule where he was a community doctor.
Correction: Previously we had reported that Mzee Mwagalwa had died at the age of 100. However, family sources have since corrected this and informed us Mzee Sam Mwagalwa was born in 1905 and died at the age of 109. We regret the error.