Crime & Investigation

Mystery Shrouds FDC Lawyer’s Death

Murumba in court representing FDC officials accused of inciting violence in Kabale last year

The opposition is mourning the death of Kabale-based lawyer, Wilfred Murumba,  with FDC members describing the deceased as a “selfless” and “jolly” man.

ChimpReports today morning broke the news that Murumba was admitted in critical condition at Kampala Hospital in Kololo after being transferred from Mulago Referral Hospital.

A close family member told this website that Murumba complained of “severe stomach complications” and that a “spot” had been found on his liver.

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According to Harold Kaija, a member on the FDC publicity desk, “At exactly 12:10pm our lawyer Wilfred Murumba breathed his last at Kampala Hospital in Kololo.”

He added: “We watched him fight his last battle.”

Kaija said FDC leaders Ingrid Turinawe and Dr Kizza Besigye’s sister, Dr Olive Kobusingye were in the final preparations of evacuating Murumba this evening to Nairobi Hospital for specialised treatment.

Murumba was the lawyer in the case in Kabale where Dr Besigye, Hon Erias Lukwago, Mayor Munyagwa Mubarak were charged with unlawful assembly.

He was also the lawyer who moved across this country during Walk-to-Work defending opposition activists.

It is widely held that Murumba, who recently sat for interviews for the position of judge at the High Court, ate food laced with toxic substances.

Engineer Kafeeza, who has been following closely the treatment of Murumba, told this website on Tuesday: “We are waiting for results of a specialised investigation into body sample tests carried out by Kampala Hospital and a medical facility in United States.”

“During an investigation on Murumba’s internal organs, it was found that he had a spot on the liver. We don’t know what caused it,” he added.

He dismissed reports of poisoning, saying there is no confirmation yet.

Multiple organ failure

FDC Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe said Murumba succumbed to multiple organ failure.

“So sad, our great counsel in Kabale has passed on. He drove from Kabale on Tuesday after complaining of stomach pain, vomiting, etc. He walked himself into Mulago hospital and he was admitted. On Wednesday, he was transferred to Kampala hospital after the situation worsened. Today he has died due to multiple failure of organs.”

Ousted Kampala Mayor and activist, Erias Lukwago, described Murumba as “my good friend” and “comrade in the struggle.”

Lukwago mourned: “You will always be remembered for your firm stance on matters of social justice and constitutional governance. You made me feel at home every time I visited Kabale to answer those tramped up charges.”

According to the tentative programme, a vigil will be held on Tuesday night in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday at Christ the King Church in Kampala starting 9:00am. The body will later be taken to Kabale for burial.

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