Slain daughter of Ugandan Minister to be buried June 3


The slain daughter of outgoing Ugandan Minister of Works, Gen Katumba Wamala, will be buried today in Kikandwa village, in a wedding gown, the family said.

32-year-old Brenda Nantongo, was killed alongside driver Haruna Kayondo when masked gunmen riding on a motorcycle attempted to assassinate General Katumba in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb, on Tuesday.

General Katumba narrates ordeal

Brenda’s mother, Ms Christine Katumba, said they decided to bury their daughter in a gown because she had always looked forward to a wedding.

“She would say ‘I would wear a gown of this make’ and she would say ‘I don’t like a certain make’ and so, we knew exactly what she would wear on her wedding day,” she said.

“Even if she is dead, let her wear it in a coffin, let us throw this wedding as her last celebration,” Ms Katumba added.

Brenda’s body in the glittering hard-wood casket at their urban home in Bulabira, Wakiso District, was dressed in a sleeveless and round-necked cream American satin gown with white pearls to the chest and a cocktail hat clipped to her trimmed hair.

Make up was visible on the face, the eye brows were drawn and the eye lashes were darkened with mascara while red lipstick textured her lips.

Katumba, spoke of how Brenda spoke of her plans to start a family.

“I cannot believe that my sister is gone. Just on Monday,, we both cried about the death of our maternal grandmother not knowing that I would spend the next day mourning Brenda,” Brenda’s younger sister Belinda Katumba, who is currently in Canada, said in a message read by their brother Julius


Edited by Olajumoke Adeleke

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