Grief as Hundreds Mourn Minister Mbayo’s Son

Senior government dignitaries, including Vice President Edward Kiwanuka, on Monday thronged All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero to pay their last respects to Ian Mawanda, the son of Minister for the Presidency Esther Mbayo.

 Mawanda, 26, a graduate of Software engineering from Makerere University, died at the weekend.

Ssekandi, who represented President Yoweri Museveni delivered Shs20m as condolence to the bereaved family.

“This is a very trying moment for the family, relatives, and friends, the country has been robbed of a prestigious treasure in Mawanda at the peak of his life,” the President’s message read.

“I pray that God gives you the fortitude and courage to go through this moment of loss and sorrow. At this time, we can only find solace in the Christian affirmation that death is not the end,” he added.

In her remarks, Minister Mbayo, who was franked by husband Eng. George William Mbayo, said Mawanda died of heart complications.

“My son succumbed to heart complication according to the post-mortem report carried out by physicians at International Hospital in Kampala (IHK) and I believe so,” she said.

Ms Mbayo said on the fateful evening, Mawanda returned from the gym and began complaining of backache, after he had been served with food.

“The expansion of the lower parts of the heart narrowed the veins that they could not pump the blood to the heart for normal circulation, where he breathed his last,” Mbayo said.

Mawanda was Mbayo’s only child.

“He has not only been my son but a true friend who always greeted me every morning. We used to crack jokes together and I am going to miss him very much,” she said.

Mawanda has been working as a network software developer at Carbral Tech Ltd, in Kampala.

Former Vice president Dr. Wandira Kazibwe comforted Mbayo, saying said she too lost one of her twins, Kevin Babirye  who was about the same age  as Mawanda.

Kazibwe also warned the youth to desist from building body muscles in gyms saying, that building of the body muscles may enlarge the arteries, that pump the blood to the heart thus affecting blood circulation causing deaths.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, in his sermon told the bereaved family and mourners that “God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways,  therefore    I call upon the parents to take courage because God’s plans are different  from man’s plans.”

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