The body of Elija Paul Bakeebwa, the former higher executive
the agricultural officer in charge of the western region and one of the
founders of Uganda People’s Congress in the Kigezi region will be laid to rest today in his home in Burambira village in Kijuguita ward in
Northern Division in Kabale municipality.
Bakebwa who is the elder brother of the former prime minister of
Uganda and presidential candidate Rt. Hon. Patrick Amama Mbabazi has
been battling with high blood pressure and diabetes for the last
fifteen years died on Tuesday at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala at the
age of 82.
The burial service of celebrating the life of Bakebwa will be held at
St. James Kijuguta church of Uganda in Northern division in Kabale
municipality Kabale district.
Bakebwa is known for playing an active role in the national politics
beginning with the struggle of independence in the 1950s and in the
post-independence political dispensation under the Uganda people’s
Congress-UPC. He also represented Kijuguta ward in Kabale municipal council for a number of times.
Paul Karekyera, the Kabale district Uganda people’s Congress -UPC
Chairman described the death of Bakwbwa as a big loss to the country saying that he was a man full of wisdom, faithful, brave and reliable whom others should copy from him.
Charles Ndahagire, a senior citizen from Mbarara district who replaced him in the ministry of Agriculture said that Bakebwa was a real civil servant, hardworking, trustworthy and cooperative to the fellow workers.
The late Bakebwa left behind 13 children, 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.