At 3:00pm on Monday, Retired Major Edward Rurangaranga was called from the audience to give a speech at his friend’s burial ceremony in Ntungamo District.
In his eulogy, Rurangaranga praised his departed colleague’s life and works on earth.
The former UPC Chairman did not show any signs of stress.
“He was strong and passionate as he eulogized his comrade,” said Rurangaranga’s widow, Winfred.
At around 4:00pm, Rurangaranga returned to his ancestral home in Kitanjojo, Kitagata in Sheema district.
According to Winfred, Rurangaranga “came back home safely at around 5: 00pm.”
She recounted: “We received visitors at home but Mzee (Rurangaranga) said he was feeling so weak and tired.”
Little did Winfred realise the former Local Government minister in Milton Obote II’s government was fighting for his life.
While taking tea at around 7:00pm, Rurangaranga collapsed and died.
“That’s how he left us,” recalled Winfred in an interview with ChimpReports on Tuesday morning at Mbarara Referral Hospital.
Bugingo Mutahemuka, an in-law of the deceased, confirmed that Maj. Rurangaranga has been visiting medical facilities for treatment of diabetes and heart complications.
LC V boss Sheema district Can. David Kabigumira, a grandchild of the deceased, honored Maj Rurangaranga as a pragmatist who worked hard for his country.
He said Rurangaranga was an amiable man.
“He worked very hard for the development of his area. He was an elder in the church and a respected opinion leader.”
Born in 1932, Rurangaranga died at the age of 85, leaving a widow and 8 children – three boys and five girls.