The family members of the late Joshua Nteyireho Rushegyera, a male victim in the Entebbe Expressway shooting, are fighting for his body.
Joshua and Merina Tumukunde were shot dead on Thursday night by unknown assailants at Nambigirwa Bridge along Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway in Katabi town council Wakiso District.
According to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, Joshua, a 38 year old male adult, was found lying dead, outside the car, towards the rear; with gunshots wounds. An AK47 gun was found lying along his side.
Enanga further stated that the female victim was identified by her husband Mark Rugyenza of Bugolobi flats as Merina Tumukunde, a 37-year-old female adult, who died in a seating position, in the hind seat, and with a single bullet wound to the head.
Now, the Rushegyera family have released a statement querying the decision to bury Joshua at his maternal uncle’s place in Kazo, Kiruhura District.
“The tragic demise of Joshua Rushegyera our son and brother has left the family devastated. We cannot express in words our heartfelt grief, Joshua you will forever remain in our hearts, especially the manner in which the merciless killers ended your precious life in Cold blood. We pray that the killers be brought to book to account for this crime so shocking,” said Martin Rushegyera (Heir) on behalf of Rushegyera Family.
Adding, “However, as a family we thought we would lay you to rest by the resting place of your mother in Kasharari or near your father’s grave in Rwenjeru Bushenyi. We are disheartened that some people so powerful on your late mother’s side have dictated to bury your remains at your maternal Uncle’s place in Kazo.”
The family has described the move as total disregard to their lineage and ancestry customs.
“This is a very big embarrassment and disappointment not only to the Rushegyera Family, but to the people of Kasharari, Rwenjeru and Bushenyi District, and the Basingo Clan. We have therefore as a family resolved not to go to Kazo for burial, but wish our son and brother an eternal rest.”