The devastated Mukono North Member of Parliament Ronald Kibuule has said his deceased twins have gone to heaven.
Kibuule, who also is the State Minister of Water Resources, said the two-year-old boys would be dearly missed but that there was little he could do.
He made the remarks on Wednesday during the burial ceremony of his children at Kapeke village located in Mbalala, Mukono district.
“My kids have gone to heaven before they had even started talking,” he said as mourners broke down.
“I am going to work hard for heaven. I am now looking for a visa to heaven,” he said.
The kids drowned in a swimming pool at his home on Monday evening.
Kibuule said the tragic incident was “nothing but God’s plan” because he would swim with the kids from the same pool.
“But on the fateful day, they were innocently playing as children,” he added.
He described them as “blessed children” and “very friendly” to people from all walks of life.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Cabinet Ministers including Foreign Affairs’ Sam Kutesa graced the occasion.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana and presidential advisor Tamale Mirundi also attended the funeral ceremony.
The mother of the deceased, Fortunate Kibuule blasted social media users who celebrated the kids’ death, saying, “These have been your children ( Mukono residents).”
She added: “We are still able to have more kids. I was not home when my kids died. I had just left them for an hour.”
At the time of the kids’ death, both parents were away from home.
“Let’s stop blame games, this was their time to go. Even if it was not drowning in a swimming pool, anything would have happened to them,” she emphasised.
She painfully described the deceased as “beautiful babies” which were “always energetic and healthy.”
She urged forgiveness from those who have been offended by any of her family members.
Mike Mukula, who represented NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) comforted Kibuule: “You are our brother in Parliament. Parliament has been halted today in order to mourn for their colleague.”
He added: “The President mourns together with you. Losing children is the worst experience.”
On social media criticism, Mukula urged Ugandans to stop politicising death.
“Being on opposite side of politics doesn’t mean that we are enemies. It is absurd that people were celebrating on social media.”
He urged religious leaders to “tell your flock that being in different lines of politics doesn’t means that we are enemies. I thank whoever has come to mourn with us.”
Kibuule said he would continue to serve God amid the grief of losing his precious little angels.