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Nigeria: Think Before You Share That Picture

opinionBy Yemisi Adegoke

You know the kind of picture I’m talking about.

The images of the badly injured, maimed or dead people. Women, men, children, half naked or dishevelled, limbs dismembered or twisted into an impossible angle. Pools of bloods on the ground or on the walls.

Thanks to Whatsapp and the continued explosion of other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, these images, or videos are becoming increasingly difficult to avoid.

Scenes of carnage, horror and devastation. I could go on but I’m sure by now you have an idea what I’m talking about. Perhaps you’ve been sent some of these images today or shared some, but it’s time to rethink what you’re doing. Nigerian news outlets, bloggers, the general public at large, you need to stop sharing these videos and images. Just stop.

Every time you click, share or send one of these graphic videos, showing people at their most defenceless at their most vulnerable, you are contributing to the dehumanization of Africans.

Just look at how the African body is portrayed across the world. If it’s not overly sexualized, it’s famine or disease ridden, it’s destitute, it’s dying, it’s dead. Horrific incidents happen the world over, but graphic images are not always used to tell those stories. Ask yourself how many times you’ve seen the dead or maimed bodies of Europeans published in newspapers or circulated on social media in the aftermath of a terrorist attack? Or any other violent and senseless act?

International media outlets usually take many things into account before publishing a graphic image, namely; whether or not use of the image is justified, is the image necessary for the story or if it’s solely for shock value, among others. Certain procedures are usually followed when it comes to being able to identify the dead, faces are usually blurred to protect victims and their families. How many outlets here take similar caution? And what message does this send out regarding how we value the lives of our own people?

Sharing such images of black bodies is not only dehumanizing, it gives non-Africans the ‘permission’ to classify Africans as “others.” If we are publishing and sharing pictures of ourselves like this, people from other cultures can do the same, under the guise of ‘their culture is different,’ although they wouldn’t normally. Culture may be different but humanity, decency and respect should apply equally to all.

It could be argued that at times graphic imagery has its place. Take the tragic image of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean. The distressing image of his dead body on a beach quickly went viral and sparked international outrage about the handling of the migrant crisis.

The same could be said for the image of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian boy who was photographed bloodied and covered head to toe in dust after an airstrike, sitting calmly in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo. He quickly became a symbol of the horrors of the Syrian civil war and was pushed to the top of the international agenda.

In the Nigerian context however, can we argue that the graphic images are published and shared are done so with the same intention? Are they all necessary or for shock value? Pictures of bloodied, maimed and dead Nigerians are now so commonplace now and to what end?

Photos were widely shared of the horrific attack at St Phillips Catholic church in Ozubulu, Anambra in August Graphic images of dead parishioners, were posted everywhere, even by media organizations, the identities barely concealed, if concealed at all. Blood everywhere, and to what end? Was it necessary? Would the church attack be less horrific if these images were not circulated?

Instead these victims; mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters were stripped of their dignity for clickbait, what if those people were your loved ones? If their lasting image in the minds of others was the worst moment of their lives?

We must stop sharing these images, we must challenge our media outlets on whether it is appropriate to publish and shares, we must stop being active participants in our own degradation and dehumanization.

Samburu Youth Protest After Being Locked Out of NCIC Forum

By Godfrey Oundoh

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has been put on the spot for locking out Samburu youth from an open peace and cohesion forum.

The commission led by Mr Francis ole Kaparo had for two days organised a cohesion and peace forum involving youth and women from the county.

The event, which was held on Monday and Tuesday at the Maralal Catholic Church Pastoral Centre, was marred with chaos and confusion as dozens of youth who had been invited by Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda were turned away.

According to an official from the commission who was one of the organisers of the event, the group of youth who turned up on Tuesday had no official invitation letters.

TIGHT SECURITY

They comprised members of the Samburu University and College Students Association (Sucsa) among other participants who were locked out of the venue’s main gate which was under tight security by Administration Police officers.

A spot check by Nation revealed that the youth who had been invited through announcements on local radio stations and invites from political leaders for the Tuesday open forum were denied access to the hall.

YOUTH SESSION

Despite the commission planning for the women cohesion forum on Monday and the youth session for the whole of Tuesday to help chat a way forward for peaceful coexistence between the county’s warring communities, majority of those given access into the venue were the elderly, Nyumba Kumi leaders, provincial administration officers and security officials.

“Peace initiatives should be pushed forward through these young people if the commission is really after cohesion,” said Ms Lucina Becky, the Sucsa vice-chairperson.

Another resident, Ms Cindy Maiyanai, slammed the organisers to the event for side-lining the youth and ignoring their voice.

“We play a major role in this society as youth. As we speak, we have not been given entry into the venue where peace and cohesion discussions are taking place,” she said.

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‘Tetanus Vaccine Laced With Infertility-Causing Hormone’

By Elizabeth Merab and Samwel Owino

The opposition on Monday re-ignited an unresolved controversial topic when its presidential candidate Raila Odinga claimed that the government administered tetanus vaccine secretly laced with a hormone said to cause infertility in women.

Mr Odinga claimed that the government deliberately sterilised thousands of women and girls in the guise of tetanus vaccination.

He further claimed that four credible institutions had conducted independent tests on the vaccine, which showed that it had compounds with high amount of anti-pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that would render the women and girls sterile.

CHURCH

Mr Odinga said the Catholic Church was right in opposing the jab, which has allegedly caused infertility in women between 14 and 49 years.

“Tests results in our possession indicate that some of the women who got this vaccination have since sought further tests and obtained results indicating that they can never carry a pregnancy unless a process of reversing the effects is initiated,” he said.

FALSE CLAIMS

But in a joint statement last evening, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) expressed “deep” concern on what they said was misinformation in the media on the quality of the Tetanus Toxoid vaccine in the country.

“The allegations are that the tetanus vaccine used by the government of Kenya and UN agencies is contaminated with a hormone (hCG) that can cause miscarriage and render some women sterile.

“These grave allegations are not backed by evidence, and risk negatively impacting national immunisation programmes for children and women,” the agencies said in the statement signed by WHO representative in Kenya Dr Custodia Mandihate and Unicef Kenya’s acting representative Dr Pirkko Heinonen.

TESTING

They said the agencies had taken note of test results claiming to show hCG levels in samples submitted to some clinical laboratories, noting that testing for the content of a medicine such as TT vaccine needed to be done “in a suitable” laboratory and from a sample from the actual medicine/vaccine obtained from an unopened pack and not a blood sample.

“Who and Unicef confirm that the vaccines are safe and are procured from a pre-qualified manufacturer,” the statement read.

But Mr Odinga said analysis of samples used for the tetanus vaccination from highly regarded institutions on matters of health such as agriQ Quest Limited, Nairobi Hospital Laboratories and the University of Nairobi indicate that it had high contents of beta human hCG that causes infertility.

“Today, we can confirm to the country that the Catholic Church was right.

“Thousands of our girls and women aged between 14 and 49 will not have children because of the State-sponsored sterilisation that was sold to the country as tetanus vaccination,” Mr Odinga said.

PREGNANCY

Addressing the Press at his Capitol Hill office in Upper Hill, Nairobi, Mr Odinga challenged the government to publish the list of all people who took part in the vaccination and apologise to them.

“This was a deliberate action on the part of the government and it should apologise to all those who were vaccinated and explain to them how it intends to reverse the damage,” Mr Odinga said.

According to the opposition leader, at least 500,000 women might not be able to bear children based on the vaccination, though he said the figure could even be high as the government has not released the official number of those who were vaccinated.

BOYCOTT

However, Mr Odinga said all was not lost for those who were vaccinated, saying medical experts have assured them that enforced sterility can be reversed if victims show up for emergency interventions.

Mr Odinga’s claims have rekindled a heated debate over the vaccines that the Catholic Church had rejected in 2014 and asked its congregation to boycott the nationwide campaign.

The Church claimed that the vaccine was laced with a hormone said to cause infertility.

CONFLICT

But then Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia disputed the claims and told BBC that the vaccine was safe.

“I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100 percent agree with it and have confidence that it has no adverse health effects,” Mr Macharia said.

The tangle between the church and the government began on March 2014 when bishops became suspicious about the vaccine, which was targeted at women in the reproductive ages of 14 to 49, and excluded boys and men.

RESULTS

The controversy culminated in the formation of a joint committee of experts from the government and the Church, which was co-chaired by Prof Fredrick Were from the ministry and Dr Stephen Karanja representing the Church.

But months after the joint testing, the company hired to test the samples –Agriq Quest Ltd — in a damning letter claimed that the ministry through its then Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri wanted the results altered.

Catholic Bishops Call for Inclusive Dialogue

By Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

In a communiqué released on 10 September, Burundian catholic bishops call on Burundians to engage in an inclusive dialogue for the great interests of the nation to prevent war.

“We would once again insist on the inclusive dialogue that must be prioritized for the great interest of the nation for blocking the way to all those who opt for the path of war,” Burundi catholic bishops said.

They said Burundians have suffered so much from war casualties and no responsible citizen can accept that the country plunges once again into war. “Everyone knows that disagreements between politicians have resulted in mutual exclusion, killings and assassinations,” they said.

They also said this situation has forced many Burundians to flee the country to neighboring countries where they live in terrible conditions. “Among them there are politicians, law enforcement and security officials, economic operators and leaders of various civil society organizations,” they said.

Bishops said that Burundians cannot work together to build their homeland together since some are forced to stay abroad. They called on all Burundians to join their forces to build a better country. “Those who are in power or those who seek to conquer it and ever all Burundians are like travelers who share the same road.

Everyone needs the contribution of the other, “according to the bishops of the catholic church in Burundi.

They said they fear if the inter-Burundian- dialogue is delayed, the problems the country is facing will become more complicated.

On 6 September , Burundian Ombudsman, Edouard Nduwimana announced that the last round of the inter-Burundian dialogue of Arusha, led by former Tanzanian President, William Benjamin Mkapa will be held by October. He said the people prosecuted in Burundi will not be invited to this peace talks.

Burundi has plunged into a violent political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a controversial run for a third term, which he won in contested elections in July 2015. Since then, a dialogue between the Burundi Government and the opposition has been demanded by the UN, AU, EU, EAC and other partners to restore peace. A proper dialogue never took off. A series of meetings organized by the EAC that Burundi’s leaders committed to -but failed to attend- initially.

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Church Leader Helps Broker Polls Body Deal

Photo: Macharia Mwangi/The Nation

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati is joined by his commissioners in a press conference at Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha, on September 11, 2017 after a retreat.

By Caroline Wafula, Macharia Mwangi

Electoral Commission chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba was last evening thrust back into the team that will manage the fresh presidential election on October 17, after a church-mediated retreat in Naivasha.

IEBC officials were locked up at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha for more than 10 hours on Monday in a meeting — said to be heated — following sharp divisions between the commissioners last week.

At about 5.30pm, Mr Chiloba saw off Bishop Alfred Rotich of the Catholic Military Ordinariate after a brief chat.

UNITY

When contacted by the Nation last night, the Bishop declined to discuss what transpired at the meeting.

“I have heard the chairman has already issued a statement. I have not seen it personally or even heard what he has said,” he said.

Bishop Korir was joined by motivational speaker Dr Wale Akinyemi and university lecturer Dr Peter Kiriri at the meeting, whose theme was “together with the Nation”.

At the news conference addressed by chairman Wafula Chebukati, the commissioners and Mr Chiloba put on a brave face and display of unity.

“We want to assure the country that despite the challenges we have experienced in the recent past, the commission is more than committed to ensure that the country has a successful election on October 17,” Mr Chebukati said.

REVIEW

The commission, he said, had resolved to “solely” focus on preparations for the repeat election, given that “we are working under serious time constraints”.

In a statement issued after the two-day meeting, the commissioners said they had embarked on a review of the August 8 General Election, with the objective of improving on the processes, although they were yet to get the detailed judgment from the Supreme Court.

“Ours is to learn and improve for the sake of the people,” Mr Chebukati said in the one page statement.

“We are coming out as one team with a vision that will enable us deliver on our mandate,” he added.

“It was evident that this retreat was necessary. It helped to clarify issues of concern and we are now better off than when we came here,” a smiling Mr Chebukati declared.

FEEDBACK

He announced that Mr Chiloba, who had initially been sidelined following the annulled presidential election, had been given the task of assessing the problems experienced in the August 8 poll.

The IEBC chairman said the controversial leaked memo he sent to Mr Chiloba was discussed at the meeting and it was resolved that responses from the secretariat, which the chief executive heads, would be reviewed and communicated to the public at an appropriate time.

“We wish to urge the nation to be patient with us in the coming days as we prepare for the fresh presidential election. Our commitment to deliver a free, fair, and credible election remains steadfast,” Mr Chebukati added.

NON-PARTISAN

He also denied that any of the officials was allied to any political party, saying they were all working for the people.

He also denied any association with Nasa, challenging his accusers to table evidence of alleged night meetings with the opposition leaders.

“We, as commissioners, are referees and a referee must be neutral,” he said.

“We are not partisan, none of us is in Jubilee or Nasa, you are bound to hear so many things and allegations. But the truth is we have not held any secret meetings with any of the political candidates,” he stated.

MEETING

On Tuesday, the commission is expected to hold a joint meeting with both Jubilee and National Super Alliance leaders to resolve issues raised by each political side to pave way for the elections.

Nasa has demanded the ouster of Mr Chiloba and other senior officials while Jubilee maintains that the commission must handle the election in its current form.

Kenya: Nurses’ Strike Forces Patients to Seek Treatment in Tanzania

Photo: Ondari Ogega/The Nation

Striking nurses take to the streets during demonstrations in Kisumu on July 19, 2017.

By Winnie Atieno

People in need of medical services in Taita Taveta and Kwale counties are now trooping to Tanzania seeking for treatment after medical services in most public hospitals at the Coast remain grounded.

The hospitals are not operating due to the ongoing nationwide nurse’s strike which has left most health services paralysed.

Dominic Ashili, 72, who is suffering from gangrene diabetic foot was forced to travel to Tanzania where his leg was amputated after the disease took toll on him.

“The amputation was done in Moshi Hospital. He used to go to Mwatate Sub-County Hospital but when nurses boycotted duties his health deteriorated.

“We decided to rush him to Tanzania for treatment. He could have died hadn’t we rushed him to Moshi where he is recuperating,” said his son, Peter Mwamburi.

Mr Mwamburi, a health worker, said many Kenyans are receiving treatment in Tanzania due to the health crisis.

COAST GENERAL HOSPITAL

Health workers at the Coast Provincial General Hospital, the largest referral health hospital in the region, have to attend to an overwhelming number of patients from different counties.

Meanwhile, striking nurses in Mombasa have condemned some of their colleagues who have resumed duties as they demand for their collective bargaining agreement to be implemented.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses Mombasa branch secretary Peter Maroko said the nurses have not received their July and August salaries.

“Don’t go back to work, stay put and fight for your rights. We must pressurise those who are working to join us. We will resume if we get a return to work formula,” said Mr Maroko.

Mentally ill patient are also suffering after nurses at Port Reitz Mental Hospital boycotted duties.

This comes a few days after Mombasa Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva urged striking nurses to resume duties and help hundreds of patients who are suffering due to lack of healthcare services.

Archbishop Kivuva said the ongoing nationwide strike that has paralysed health services in most public hospitals has caused suffering to many families in the country.

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Stop Intimidation of the Supreme Court, Catholic Bishops Say

Nairobi — The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has called for an end to open intimidation and threats against the Supreme Court that on September 1 nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.

“We call upon the Jubilee party (ruling Coalition) and other leaders to accept the ruling and stop the threats, intimidation and vendetta against the Supreme Court.

The singling out of Chief Justice David Maraga for vilification carries much more weight than criticism. We can only build our Country together where there is goodwill,” said Bishop Philip Anyolo, KCCB chairman at Waumini House in Nairobi on September .

“While every individual can criticise any institution that he or she disagrees with, said the bishops, attacks that diminish the integrity of the Judiciary and any other public institution should stop,” they added.

The bishops noted that now that supreme had issued its verdict within the required number of days every Kenyan should abide by and respect the decision and for all to the implement the orders accordingly.

On September 2, President Kenyatta hit out at the Supreme Court, questioning the reasoning of their nullification of their win.

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem. Who even elected you? Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it,” he said.

He insisted that though he respects the ruling of the Supreme Court and was ready for an election, the judgment in itself, he argued, was wrong both in principle and fact.

The bishops further warned National Super Alliance (NASA) over threats to boycott the fresh presidential election on October 17.

“On one hand, we are particularly concerned by the NASA threats to boycott the fresh presidential election that was ordered by the Supreme Court if their ultimatums are not met. On the other hand, we have seen Jubilee leaders acting as spokespersons of the IEBC. These actions infringe on the independence and authority of IEBC,” the bishops said.

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Food Insecurity Fears as Land Division Eats Into Agriculture

By Ruth Mbula

Sub-division of agricultural land in Kisii and Nyamira counties is now a major threat to food production and security in the region.

Officials are calling for radical measures, including utilisation of storied buildings, to free up space that would go towards creating economically usable pieces.

Agriculture officials say cultural practices such as inheritance have reduced ownership to less than a quarter an acre in most homesteads.

“Land fragmentation is a major threat to efficient, food production. Continued sub-division will lead to a major food crisis,” said Kisii county director of agriculture Nathan Soire.

Mr Soire added that current land units are very small and, therefore, uneconomical for agricultural production.

Mushrooming residential houses are the other culprit in the continued chopping of arable land.

Agriculture officials say that producing food crops on a large scale will soon be unviable.

A report by Moi University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management says land fragmentation requires an urgent solution, warning that there is still insufficient data to determine how it is eating into agricultural output.

“Continuous decline in farm size is likely to negatively impact on farm level efficiency, especially food production,” says the report titled Understanding the Effect of Land Fragmentation on Farm Level Efficiency.

“Understanding land fragmentation within specific contexts and using consistent empirical approaches will serve as a guide and solution to key policy decisions in agriculture,” it says.

Another survey conducted by the Catholic Church’s Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC), showed that sub-division of land and climate change are among the major threats to food security in Kenya.

Many Kenyan farmers, it showed, grow food on land inherited from their parents, while 25 per cent have bought pieces of land. Only 11 per cent have leased the land for farming.

During a meeting with agriculture officials, Kisii Governor James Ongwae warned that land sub-division was emerging as a major threat to food security.

“Land fragmentation has contributed significantly to the declining agricultural production among farming households in Kisii County,” said Mr Ongwae.

Kisii National Land Commission Coordinator Andrew Rotich said land is an emotive issue and needs proper handling.

He said the Minimum and Maximum Land Holding Acreages Bill, 2015 would have salvaged the Kisii and Nyamira counties’ land situation.

“The Bill would have helped regulate excessive sub-division,” he said.

The proposed law in respect to private land was aimed at reducing inequality and promoting equitable distribution, as well as regulating sub-division, to ensure economic viability.

The Bill also sought re-organisation of rural settlements, sustainable utilisation of private land and promotion of national security and economic stability.

Farmers in agriculturally rich regions were restricted to farm on not more than 25 acres. Land holdings in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa, where real estate has been booming, would be limited to between 0.1 hectares and two hectares. Ownership in counties and towns would be limited to between 0.2 hectares and two hectares.

It also prescribed 0.05 hectares as the minimum commercial plot size in urban areas.

But the Bill, which encountered a lot of opposition from Kenyans and Parliament, is yet to see the light of day.

Mr Soire said Kisii residents should gradually free up arable land through utilisation of storied buildings or having clustered settlements in the face of an increasing population.

“We are pushing for urban and peri-urban agriculture by introducing intensive production systems in multi-storey gardens, hanging gardens and hydroponic farming,” he said.

Presidential Election Moves Into Extra Time

opinionBy Karoli Ssemogerere

To describe the 4-2 decision of the Kenyan Supreme Court as a shock is mild. It sent waves all over the world. In the United States, old glory, the New York Times was forced to retract an editorial praising the conduct of the elections.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry was attacked for endorsing the poll as head of a team of observers.

Most observers generally endorsed the poll as free and fair, including the AU, EAC and a preliminary report by the Commonwealth.

Writing from these pages after watching the first two days of the election petition, the case looked like a sleeper prosecuted pro-forma until a number of prayers were granted to the petitioners.

First the IEBC, which had stonewalled on information requests would have to yield and grant access to its machinery and data to not just the parties, but to the Court itself, which hired its own experts.

In 2016, in the Ugandan Supreme Court hearing the presidential election, this issue was contentious, data sets produced painted a near uniform 85-100 per cent outcome for one candidate in certain districts. This evidence and analysis never saw the light of day.

Reading the framing of the issues before the Supreme Court, it is, however, easy to see what we outsiders overlooked.

The first issue asked the court to decide whether the election had been conducted in accordance with principles laid down in the constitution. This hasn’t been the case ever.

In Uganda, the presidential election petitionis pursued as a simple complaint. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have bounced on each other the responsibility to determine whether the election must meet a certain threshold of decency for the outcome to hold.

In a hush decision in 2015, the Court of Appeal bounced the responsibility to the Supreme Court.

In a case filed in 2009, FDC lawyer Dan Wandera Ogalo was given just a weekend to hastily argue his case, in 2014 five years after the case was filed, the case was meant to introduce certain civility before the 2011 elections. The authors of this judgment felt it was the Supreme Court to make those calls as the final constitutional court.

In 2016, they did the opposite ignoring State high-handedness and police brutality to uphold the result holding that State misconduct did not “substantially” affect the outcome of the election.

Kenya’s Supreme Court found that there were irregularities and illegalities which impacted on the “integrity” of the election.

Integrity is a big word in Kenya, but it also has religious connotation.

Chief Justice David Maraga, an SDA adherent, was able to strike where both Catholic and Protestant justices (no Muslim sits on either court) have failed to nail in the middle that integrity actually means the truth. The IEBC did so badly in the custody of the information in their possession that they positively “lacked integrity”.

In Uganda, it has become a favourite thing on social media to wait for Dr Badru Kiggundu to weigh in on any contest even after he retired from the Electoral Commission. In the Kyaddondo East race, Kiggundu famously broke out on social media announcing a Bebe Cool win overturning the networks which had announced a Bobi Wine resounding victory.

Maraga has touched into a malaise that has afflicted institutions in Africa.

By reading out the law plainly, he has overturned decades of jurisprudence not just in the Commonwealth or Africa, but also everywhere.

The US Supreme Court in 2000 famously demurred on whether to recount ballots in Palm Beach Florida using a standard different from that employed elsewhere in the state on election day saying it violated the equal protection guarantees in the constitution.

Given that IEBC flaws were “not blamed” on the third respondent Uhuru Kenyatta, it was clear that the court without saying so, said he was the beneficiary of the IEBC digital logjam.

The author is an Attorney-at-Law and an Advocate.

Ex-Uganda Cranes Star Kefa Kiwanuka Dies

Photo: The Observer

Kefa Kiwanuka

By John Vianney Nsimbe

As the Uganda Cranes prepare to take on Egypt tomorrow, Ugandan football has lost one of its first shining armours and legends of the game.

Kefa Kiwanuka, 94, part of the first Uganda Cranes side that toured the United Kingdom back in 1958, playing barefooted, passed on over the weekend.

Fred Mubiru, a relative of the deceased, affirmed that Kiwanuka, who had significantly weakened because of old age, breathed his last on Sunday August 27 in his home in Ndejje, a small village off Entebbe road in Namasuba.

Kiwanuka’s body is being kept at Mengo funeral home, from where it will be retrieved for the requiem mass on Thursday August 31. The mass will be held at the Catholic church in Ndejje, where the deceased has been a parishoner.

Thereafter, the late Kefa Kiwanuka will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Mukono in a village known as Dandira on Friday September 1 at 2pm. For much of his elderly life, Kiwanuka used to work at the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) during the reign of the late Francis Nyangweso.

Local football governing body Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein mourned the former national team star.

“Its sad news losing an icon. Football fans enjoyed great moments when Kefa was on the pitch. Fufa is mourning with the family of Kefa Kiwanuka,” he said yesterday.

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