PHOTOS: A Widow’s Grief At Mallinga’s Memorial Service

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Ministers Jessica Alupo (R) and Jeje Odong (C) at the memorial service

Grief-struck mourners are seen wiping off tears at the somber ceremony.

In attendance are deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya, Ministers Tarsis Kabwegyere, John Nasasira, Kahinda Otafiire and Musa Echweru. Others include Capt Mike Mukula and presidential adviser, Robert Ssebunya.


The family of the deceased

The deceased’s wife, Beatrice Mallinga says Mallinga was a loving, principled, time conscious, intelligent, hardworking, brave and humorous.

Mallinga is survived by eight children and 11 grandchildren.

“I loved Mallinga so much. I will miss him so much. He has left behind all these children that need material and psychological support. This is a very painful and trying moment for us,” weeps Beatrice.

(L-R) Ministers John Nasaasira, Kahinda Otafiire, Mwesigwa Rukutana and Fred Ruhindi

She says Mallinga was so caring and a “real family man” who gave his all to ensure the welfare of his family.

Beatrice asked government to find jobs for the Ministers’ orphans.

Mike Mukula (C) paying his last respects to the deceased

During the service, mourners are told that Mallinga succumbed to heart failure of Thursday night.

A requiem mass for departed Disaster Preparedness Minister Dr Stephen Mallinga kicks off at 10am today Monday at All Saints’ Church, Nakasero.

The family of Mallinga sing hymns at the memorial service at All Saints’ Church in Nakasero, Kampala

Mallinga collapsed at his home in Pallisa before being rushed to Butebo Health Centre IV where he was pronounced dead at around 10:00pm last Thursday.

945am: Friends, relatives and government officials have already started gathering at the church to pay their last respects to the former Health Minister.

Government last week announced that Mallinga would get a state burial.

Information Minister Mary Karooro Okurut said Mallinga’s body would lay in Parliament for public viewing at 10am on Tuesday after which a special Parliamentary sitting would be held in his honour.

Okurut said government was disturbed by the Minister’s death.

According to the programme for Mallinga’s burial, the body will leave church to his residence in Kitintale, a Kampala suburb.

On Tuesday morning, the public will view the body at Parliament before a special sitting is held. The body will later in the evening leave for Butebo (Paliisa) where it will be viewed by local leaders and the public the following day.

A special sitting of Paliisa district local government will be held on Wednesday to honour the fallen Minister.

The casket containing Mallinga’s remains arrives at the church for prayers

Burial is due Thursday.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga regretted Mallinga’s death, saying it was “shocking to note that he is no longer with us.”

Kadaga described Mallinga as “hardworking and patriotic.”

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