Late Maumbe accorded state burial

Maumbe Burial
President Museveni joined thousands of mourners in Bungokho, Mbale District to send off Jack Maumbe Mukhwana. Courtesy Photo.
President, Yoweri Museveni has described the late Jack Maumbe Mukhwana as a nationalist and freedom fighter of the National Resistance Army (NRA). Museveni was speaking at the burial of the late Maumbe at his home in Mabanga village in Bungokho Sub County in Mbale district on Saturday.

Maumbe was accorded a state burial with full military honors. While addressing the mourners, president, Museveni said Maumbe played a positive contribution to Uganda especially during the National Resistance Army protracted liberation struggle.

Museveni said he couldn’t miss Maumbe’s burial for anything else because of the history they made together. He disclosed to the mourners that he linked up with Maumbe because of his good ideological ideas in 1967 but went separate ways later because of the differences they had pertaining to the armed struggle.

He explained that before their separation, there was a battle in Maumbe’s home in Malukhu Estate, house number 49 in Mbale Town, where they were nearly killed by Iddi Amin’s troops. He disclosed that Beth Maumbe, the widow of the late Maumbe witnessed the gunfire exchange, which claimed the lives of two people from each side.

Museveni saluted the widow for not only taking care of her family, but for having remained committed during that time. He reiterated that, regardless of their differences, they formed the Uganda Patriotic Movement with Maumbe Mukhwana in 1979. Museveni pledged to construct Maumbe’s house in Busiu and also consider a proposal by residents to construct a technical school in Bungokho South in his memory.

He also promised to support the family of the late Maumbe Mukhwana. Beth Maumbe, the Widow to the late and Manafwa Deputy Resident District Commissioner, thanked Government for according her husband a state burial. She thanked President Museveni who recognized the distinguished service of her late husband.

Maumbe was among the first recruits into the Front for National Salvation (Fronasa), a rebel group started by Museveni in the early 1970s to fight the Idi Amin’s government.  He was also a Member in the National Consultative Council (NCC) and a Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

Maumbe also served as Deputy Information Minister in the Obote II government, Bungokho County Member of Parliament and later Kumi and Pallisa Resident District Commissioner. He is survived by a widow, Beth Maumbe, four children and nine grandchildren.

– Uganda Radio Network