I Cannot Bury My Father – Col Mande

Exiled former rebel leader Col Samson Mande will miss yet another burial function of his family member; his father Cyprian Kabesiza.

The 95 year old Kabesiza passed on last Sunday morning at Nyakibale Hospital in Rukungiri district after battling a number of old age related illnesses.

He will be laid to rest on Thursday January 28 at Bugongi in Kambuga- Kanungu district at 02:00pm.

Being a political fugitive in Sweden, physician Col Mande revealed today that would not be able to be part of the send off.

The former leader of the rebel group People’s Redemption Army sought refuge in the European nation after his forces was defeated by the UPDF in neighboring DRC.

“As you all know I cannot come to burry my father. I count on you to step in for me. Go and help me to give my father a decent and huge send off, ” he said.

Col Mande was also unable to attend the burial of his son Moses Mande who passed in Mbarara last year. Mande believes his son was poisoned.

At the start of last year, Col Mande revealed that he was finally returning home from exile, placing the homecoming date in July 2015.


He said he wanted to come back home to clear his name in the courts of law, where he faces a number charges relating to terrorism, embezzlement and treason at the Court Martial.

“One of the things I want to come back to Uganda for is to go to court and clear my name. I am not asking for forgiveness, I have a good case; I am now very healthy and will stand trial and win. I will only be requesting the government to allow due course of justice,” he said.

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