Grief hang over Kyaliwajjala in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District on Tuesday hundreds turned up to see off Michael Bisase aka Templer and his wife Sheila Bisase, the owners of the ill-fated boat that sunk in Lake Victoria on Saturday, claiming many other lives.
The couple was laid to rest at an ancestral ground for Buganda’s royals since Bisase hailed from the royal lineage. Two graves were dug side by side.
Before the burial, a church service had been held at an Anglican Church near Kireka.
Democratic Party spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande described Templar as a hardworking, focused and determined person who stood for truth.
“He had tried to live within the legacy of his late father- Bisase Snr who stood for sincerity,” Kakande said.
Forum for Democratic Change Secretary General Harold Kaija, who spoke on behalf of Sheila, his alumni, blamed government for the boat tragedy.
He said there is no justification for government to own an ill-equipped marine unit with poor budget and archaic laws.
“In Uganda, I differ from the saying that death is God’s plan. No way. If government does enough in service delivery for all- some of these things may not be occurring,” Kaija said.
“You lose some energetic and prosperous at a mere age of 40? Public funds are directed to those in power. Essentially it is us who work toil for them to live longer. All should work to achieve a better government,” he added.
Bisase an architecture graduate of Kyambogo University was born on September 9, 1977. He went to Kampala Parents and Busoga College Mwiri. Sheila was born on November 28, 1978 and went to Nakasero Primary School, Rubaga Boys and St Balikuddembe Mitala Maria.
The couple married in Anglican Church of Uganda on December 27, 2007. They are survived by three children Fredrick, Jodin and Jordan.