Mourners: Transparency, Honesty Were Nkangi's Trade Mark

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Speakers from the central government and Buganda Kingdom described Nkangi, who died on Monday aged 85, as a transparent, focused, selfless and patriotic leader whose example ought to be emulated.

Hundreds of mourners today gathered at Namirembe Cathedral in a requiem mass to eulogise former minister Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi.

Speakers from the central government and Buganda Kingdom described Nkangi, who died on Monday aged 85, as a focused, selfless and patriotic leader whose example ought to be emulated.  

Nkangi, who held several ministerial portfolios and also served as Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro in the 1960s, died at Nakasero Hospital where he had been admitted since mid-last month.
Nkangi's body arrived at Namirembe Cathedral covered in the colours of the Uganda flag. It was accompanied by his family members dressed in black and white.
A fully packed church service led by Namirembe Diocese Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira attracted key central government and Buganda Kingdom officials.
Some of the officials in attendance included Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa, Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda (BOU) Louis Kasekende and others.
Also in attendance were Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and former prime ministers Amama Mbabazi and Apollo Nsibambi. The Buganda Kingdom officials were led by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and his deputies, former Katikkiro Dan Muliika, Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda and Prince Kassim Nakibinge among others.
Katikkiro Mayiga said that in all the different capacities that the late Nkangi served in, there is no indication that he engaged in corruption, appealing to leaders to serve with transparency, truth and dedication.
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Mayiga said that until the 1966 crisis and the abolition of kingdoms, Buganda was not rich but there was development within the kingdom under the leadership of Nkangi that is still evident. He noted that the only big hospital in Buvuma Islands was built by Sir Edward Mutesa, the Kabaka of Buganda who reigned between 1939 and 1969. 
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Nkangi served as Katikkiro from November 1964 to May 1966 when the Kabaka was exiled, but went on to hold the title in abeyance until 1993 when kingdoms were restored.
Vice President Ssekandi said that the late Nkangi whole-heartedly served the country in different capacities and has left an impeccable record as a distinguished nationalist, public servant and politician.
He said that Nkangi valued development, unity, peace and constitutionalism and has earned himself a great position in the history of Uganda.
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Former Buganda Katikkiro Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere described the late Nkangi as a person who had true hope giving an example of the time he kept the Kingdom's mace, the Ddamula, for 33 years following the abolition of kingdoms when many had lost hope.
Ssemwogerere said that Nkangi was a wise and smart man, not only on the outside but even at heart.
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Right Reverend Hannington Mutebi, the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese, spoke about the late Nkangi as a generous person recounting how he gave him money to go to school in Nairobi.
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Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa who served with the late Nkangi in the Sixth Parliament described him as a man who would fit in every generation.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba, recounted the time Nkangi served as chairperson of Uganda Land Commission while she was serving as minister of state for Urban Development. Lumumba noted that she remains indebted to Nkangi for the good counsel he always rendered to them as young ministers.
His daughter Josephine Nkangi eulogised her father describing him as loving and caring to his family and all people.
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Inside the cathedral, Buganda Kingdom anthem was sang and Katikkiro Mayiga accompanied by one of his predecessors Dan Muliika, covered Nkangi's casket with the Buganda flag.
This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem after which Vice President Ssekandi together with Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa also covered the casket with the Uganda Flag.
A special Buganda Kingdom Lukiiko is expected to sit tomorrow morning to eulogise the late Nkangi for his contribution to the kingdom. In the afternoon, his body will be taken to Parliament for public viewing before a plenary session for Members of Parliament to pay tribute.
Nkangi will be buried at his ancestral home in Kanyogoga, Kalungu West in Kalungu district on Friday.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.