Rubirizi man Who bought a coffin and dug himself Grave 16 years ago, finally Dies


An Eight Four year old man in Rubirizi district who bought and kept a coffin as well as building his grave 16 years ago was laid to rest yesterday in Kasoga village in Ndekye Sub County Bunyaruguru.

Gabriel Kyotera whose decision earned him fame in 1989 developed a spinal cord complication which made him remain paralyzed for twenty nine years.

Addressing mourners, his younger brother George Atwine said that judging the worrying condition he was going through he invited clan members and requested them to give him descent burial when he dies.

In 2002, he suggested constructing his own grave after they told him that they would not manage construction work when he started getting weak.

Atwine further said that the decision to buy and keep coffin in the house and construct a grave when a person is still living first shocked them but were counseled after consulting religious leaders and elders.

He said although they promise to maintain the grave very well they may not accord this kind of descent burial to any other member of the family in future.

Silvester Agumanshongorera his in-law also the Rubirizi district boss said that this kind of arrangement is purely an insurance scheme and called on people who are unable to join insurance companies that can cover ones burial ceremony to embrace it other than leaving a burden to people.

His children who praised their father for educating them warned relatives against making any attempts to try and divide them. Unlike other funerals where few people would reach the grave this time round everybody was struggling to enter the small house built around
the grave in order to have a glimpse at grave prepared sixteen years back.

Late Kyotera Gabriel was born in 1934 at Bicumbi landing site in then zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 1939, his parents (late Ibrahim Karakura) migrated and first settled at Katwe landing site in Kasese district and later on in 1940 they migrated to Kasoga in Ndekye Bunyaruguru in the present Rubirizi district.
He survived by a widow and nine children.


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