The former Kampala Mayor, Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, will be laid to rest on Sunday 4th October at the family’s ancestral home in Kisaasi, the family announced yesterday.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, the deceased’s brother, Muhammad Sebaggala, said the decision was reached to allow his children in the diaspora to make it for their father’s burial.
Sebaggala, also known as Seya, breathed his last at the age of 72 on Saturday at the International Hospital Kampala.
“After intensive consultations and discussions with the family, we have resolved that Hajji Ssebagala will be laid to rest on 4th October – next Sunday here at Kisaasi at 2 pm. This has been caused by the fact that Hajji Sebaggala has got about 14 children who are in the diaspora, in different countries,”he said.
Some Muslim clerics have argued that the delay to bury Sebaggala contradicts with the teachings of Islam which call for immediate burial.
But his family said they were following the deceased’s wishes.
According to the arrangements, the deceased’s body will be taken to his home in Munyonyo on Thursday where it will be kept until Saturday. On Saturday, the body will be taken to Mariam mosque for prayers and to his ancestral home in Kisaasi where he’ll be buried on Sunday at 2pm.
“As you might be aware, Alhaji Sebaggala is the heir to our family,so he will be taken to Kisaasi for a night vigil and on Sunday, he will be taken to Mariam mosque in Kisaasi,”he said.
The brother said that in the meantime, at their ancestral home in Kisaasi, the family will hold prayer sessions every day from 4 to 6 pm in memory of their deceased relative.
He said all the programmes are all aimed at respecting the guidelines as issued by the ministry of health to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Sebaggala was Mayor of Kampala between 2006 and 2011.
He was also an independent presidential candidate in the 2006 general election before dropping out and joining the Kampala mayoral race which he won.
Before his death, the late had expressed interest in contesting for Kampala Lord Mayor seat in the 2021 general election on the National Unity Platform.