Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga has grieved the death of veteran politician, Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi, who passed away on Monday. The late also served as Buganda Prime Minister in sixties before the Kingdoms were abolished.
Mayiga said the fallen Mayanja Nkangi has been a pillar in Buganda Kingdomand was very close to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
“The late Mayanja Nkangi has been an ardent advisor to Kabaka Mutebi and rendered invaluable counsel to me in this office of Katikkiro.” said Katikkiro Mayiga.
He described the late Nkangi as a man of unparalleled dignity amidst adversity. He also described him as a wise speaker, smart, humble and respectable.
Mayiga also cited a number of occasions where he thinks the late Nkangi received immense challenges during his tenure as Buganda Kingdom Katikiiro.
Mayiga was one of the high-ranking Buganda Kingdom officials that visited the late Nkanji at Nakasero hospital before his condition went bad.
He says the late died of pneumonia but said a detailed report on the cause of death would be provided.
Mayanja Nkangi became Katikkiro of Buganda in 1964 until the 1966 crisis when the Obote I government attacked Mengo palace and exiled Ssekabaka Edward Mutesa. Nkangi also fled to exile in England meeting Ssekabaka Muteesa there.
When Muteesa died in exile, Nkangi together with the then Prince (current Buganda Kingdom Kabaka) Ronald Muwenda Mutebi performed the succession rituals which are expected of a crown prince within the norms of Buganda Kingdom in London.
Nkangi later returned in 1971 upon the fall of the Obote regime and participated in the return of remains of Ssekabaka Muteesa. He again finalized the rituals that were supposed to be performed by the crown prince Mutebi.
According to Katikkiro Mayiga, a number of these rituals were performed at Bamunanika Palace, in Luweero district.
Mayiga also recounted that Nkangi kept in his custody the Mess (Ddamula) – a symbol of authority of the office of Katikkiro from 1966 up to 1993 when he returned it to the current King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
The late Nkagi is also the Kingdom’s former Katikkiro who oversaw enthronement of Kabaka Mutebi at Nagalabi – Buddo in 1993.
Kingdom Sets up Committee to Work-Out Burial Arrangements
Premier Charles Peter Mayiga said that a committee headed by the 1st deputy Katikkiro Emmanuel Ssendawula to liaise with family members and government in order to work out burial arrangements.
The other members of the committee include Apollo Makubuya, the Kingdom’s 3rd deputy Katikkiro, Christine Mugerwa Kasule, the Cabinet and Lukiiko Affairs minister, William Matovu, minister for Palace Affairs and others.
Other members include Walusimbi Ssengendo, the minister for Culture and Heritage, Noah Kiyimbi, Kingdom’s minister for Information and William Nagaaga, the Permanent Secretary in Katikkiro’s office.
The Committee in consultation with the late’s family has issued a program for his burial. The progam issued by Josephine Mayanja-Nkanji says the late Jehoash Mayanja-Nkangi is to lie in State at both Buganda Kingdom administrative headquarters in Bulange – Mengo and later at Parliament.
According to the program, the body of the veteran politician will on Wednesday 8th March lie in State at Bualnge -Mengo and on the same day, a wake will be held at his home in Ntinda.
On Thursday 9th March, a funeral service will be held at St, Luke’s church, Ntinda at 8:00am and later, his body will lie in State at Parliament starting at 12:00pm.
Burial for the late Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi is slated for Friday 10th March, 2:00pm at Kanyogoga, Kalungu West.
– Uganda Radio Network