Katikkiro Charles Pater Mayiga is a shattered man after his elder brother also the heir to his father was knocked dead while riding a bicycle.
Jimmy Kato was allegedly riding to his home in Kasanje in Masaka when a hit and run car banged into him, shattering his legs.
He was returning from serving his King (Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi 11 of Buganda) after performing his official duties as the secretary of the kingdom’s Buddu country when he met his fate.
He was buried on Tuesday in his ancestral village of Kasanje in the greater Masaka region. Crowds of mourners from within Masaka and elsewhere thronged Kasanje to pay their last respects to the elder.
Eulogizing his brother, inspiring figure, caretaker and fond brother.”
“I learned the art of keeping records from him. He was a man who wrote each and every piece of important information down,” Mayiga stated.
Mayiga served as the private secretary of Kabaka Mutebi and Buganda Lukiiko for many years, before the king elevated the senior lawyer to his current lofty office of the kingdom’s premiership.
Mayiga hailed his departed brother for steering their family superbly following the death of their father many years ago.
“He has managed the affairs of our late father’s estate with distinction. He has served his kingdom and country with distinction too,” Mayiga declared as he bid farewell to his big brother.
He cautioned Ugandans against riding without helmets and said in hindsight that if his own brother had one on his head at the time of the accident he could have escaped death because of the precautionary measure.
He also cautioned motorists and cyclists against over-speeding and reckless driving and cycling and to always stick to the traffic laws while on the road.
Mayiga said his brother was educated at Masaka’s prestigious catholic founded St Henry’s College at Kitovu before he joined Makerere University where he obtained a degree in Accounting and Finance.
In his eulogy read by the deputy Katikkiro of Buganda Gerald Ssendawula, Kabaka Mutebi regretted losing such a highly dedicated and experienced official who spared no time and energy while serving his kingdom.
“I convey my felt condolences to the Katikkiro, the family of the deceased as well as the kingdom. May the Good Lord rest his soul in eternal,” read the message signed by the king himself.
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi called the death a terrible incident. “He was highly educated and had exceptional love for fellow humans,” grieved the Vice president who is also the MP for residents of the village where the departed had his home.
President Museveni contacted Ssekandi on phone to convey his shock at the death of the elder. He pledged a total of Ushs20m in condolence fees.