Ivan Kakooza, the founder of Nexus Bar and Restaurant in Najjera, Wakiso District, is dead.
This was confirmed by Joan Kaitetsi, the manager of the popular hangout.
“Yes, it is true, Ivan is gone,” Kaitesti told ChimpReports early Friday morning.
The cause of death remains unclear.
However, Kaitetsi said Ivan had been unwell.
“He’s not been coming to work for the last two weeks. He was not feeling okay,” said Kaitetsi.
Kakooza, who was in his early 40s, is said to have passed on at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala where his body is currently kept.
A very industrious and creative entrepreneur, Kakooza, built Nexus bar from a ‘Kafunda’ into one of Uganda’s most visited nightspots.
In a period of about ten years, Kakooza grew the bar’s client base from less than 100 a week to thousands of revelers.
At the bar, Kakooza organised music shows where he invited prominent musicians such as Cindy Sanyu to perform for his guests.
He also introduced theme nights on special days such as Valentines and Independence Day that would see him sell alcohol worth millions of shillings.
Kakooza had also diversified his business, venturing into events management.
He is said to have been deeply hurt by the closure of bars following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March this year.
Kakooza and his friends were planning to hold a music festival in Kalangala.