Crime & Investigation

FDC Probe Top Mobiliser Kakaire’s Death

Late Kakaire (R) with Mugusha Muntu during a recent function in Buikwe

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change in Buikwe and Busoga sub region has launched investigations into the death of opposition activist Robert Wycliffe Kakaire.

Kakaire, decease a die-hard FDC mobiliser died on Tuesday evening after complaining of headache, plunging the party into shock, grief and panic.

Augustine Ojobile, the National Mobilizer for the Jobless brotherhood and also an FDC activist in Jinja says as a party they have ordered for a postmortem to ascertain what killed their colleague.

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“We had earlier announced that Dr Kakaire would be buried on Wednesday but one of the reasons we changed the programme to Thursday is to enable the party together with family dig deeper into our brother’s death because some of us are suspicious that his life was cut short because of his political ambitions,” said Ojobile.

Ojobile observed that Kakaire would be remembered for mobilising $200,000 last year towards the nomination of FDC’s presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

He added that they also needed to have more time to mobilize party leaders and supporters mourn and grieve for their gallant son who was famous for popularizing the party and opposition activism on Busoga media.

According to the deceased’s mother, Ms Edith Tibenkana, Kakaire could have been a victim of his political aspirations.

She said Kakaire received death threats before being pronounced dead.

The party chairman in Buikwe District, Mr Charles Kalazani, said the deceased complained of a terrible headache before breathing his last while being taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital on Tuesday evening.

“He has for the last three weeks battled headache but every time he was taken to hospital, no illness was tested positive. This would prompt the attendants to return him home and in short while, he would again complain of the same,” he added

Mr Kalazani said the deceased possessed strong mobilization and organizational qualities which were a “blessing to the FDC party and the people of Busoga and Uganda”.

“We have lost a mobiliser, a politician, an activist, and a strong pillar of FDC in Buikwe District and Uganda. He has on many occasions tabled our issues before the party leadership and attracted the attention of top party wigs like Dr Besigye and Mugisha Muntu,”he added

He said the deceased was politically ambitious, a daring mobiliser with a strong-willed character, determined to go full length to effect change.

Until his death, Kakaire was eyeing the mayoral seat in the newly-created Njeru Municipality in Buikwe District after double loss on the Njeru Town Council chairmanship.

He was first trounced in the party primaries by NBS radio presenter Resty Nakapachu and even when he contested on an independent, he still lost to the same.

He was also among the three people who were injured last year as police used rubber bullets to disperse Dr Kizza Besigye supporters from converging at Kakindu in Jinja town last year.

He will be buried today Thursday at Kibibi village in Budondo Sub-County, Jinja District.

Who is Kakaire

He was born in May, 1985 to Mr Moses and Ms Edith Tibenkana in Kibibi village, Budondo sub-county in Jinja.

He studied at Kibibi Primary School in Budondo , Trinity College Buwajji and Nsuube SDA Secondary School.

He studied Laboratory and Medicine at Kyobe Laboratory Institute, Mukono.

He has been running Africana Medical Centre in Njeru. He was also, the health inspector for Nyenga division in the Buganda kingdom leadership

He is survived by a daughter and two wives


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