ask geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The 33-year-old businessman’s body was retrieved on Tuesday with wounds on the forehead.

Several mourners described the deceased as intelligent, hardworking, and a leader whose death will leave a huge gap in the bereaved family.

“He was one of the best children, down to earth and liked his religion. His death has dealt a big blow to this family,” noted one of the deceased’s uncles.

Matovu (L) and Hotel Afrcan proprieter, BMK at the burial ceremony in Matugga on Wednesday

In his message to the mourners, former spymaster and a close family friend, Henry Tumukunde said Olavi had all qualities of a good leader and that he would be dearly missed.

Matovu, the father of the deceased, could not hold back tears at seeing his youthful son leaving this world.

“I will greatly miss Olavi who was my next of kin, business partner and son. I remember we had organized to start some business together but because we knew nothing about the business, we decided to go abroad to get skills of running it but I opted out of the classes in favour of Olavi who would later teach me the skills he had learnt,” said Matovu.

“Unfortunately, he died without teaching me what he had learnt and that means the end of our proposed business,” retorted Matovu as tears rolled down his cheeks.

Gen Katumba Wamala (L) at the burial ceremony

Muwanga Kibirige, the proprietor of Hotel Africana and close friend of the deceased’s father, said when Olavi drowned on Sunday, “we never lost hope as he was an expert at swimming. We thought he would swim up to any island but all this came to an end when his body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon.”

According to one Imran Matovu, Olavi’s brother, “I was with him in the boat on the fateful day. Together with other friends of ours we left Munyonyo at 3:00pm destined for a certain lagoon in Mukono district and were driving 2 jet skies.”

Brig Tumukunde consoling Olavi’s father

He added: “After having fun, we decided to come back but on our way, we realized that the other jet sky was not moving at the same speed as ours and in the middle of the lake, Olavi decided to pull the other jet sky to Marina,” Imran sobbed.

“We told him (Olavi) that the other jet sky was coming and we therefore parked as we waited for it. Meanwhile, he told us that ‘let me swim as we wait for the other jet sky’ and he dived in water near to where we were parked and indeed we could communicate with him,” he added.

“Unfortunately, we started realizing water was dragging him to a different direction. He raised his hand, calling for help thus compelling one of our friends to dive in the lake to save him but it was too late.”

He disappeared and efforts to locate him were futile.

Hotel mogul, Hirji showed solidarity with Matovu family at their trying moements

The brother to the deceased added that a 7-year-old child was among the people on the boat.

Some of the high profile mourners included Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala, retired Archbishop of the Anglican Church Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, former rally driver Charlie Lubega and Karim Hirji.

Gen David Muhoozi (L) listening to speeches at the function

Others were the Supreme Mufti Zubair Kayongo, Prince David Wasajja, Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi, Brig. Henry Tumukunde, Capt. Mike Mukula and city businessmen among other dignitaries.


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