The body of a Ugandan businessman who was reportedly killed by his girlfriend in South Africa will not be brought home for burial, Chimp Corps report.
Born in Jjanda, Zirobwe, Luwero district of Central Uganda, Dennis William Kyazze, 36, lost his father in National resistance Army (NRA) war led by current President Yoweri Museveni.
Kyazze was raised by his mother who paid his school fees at Makerere High School.
He would later join Makerere University where he graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
In 2000, Kyazze’s mother also passed on.
On completing his studies at Makerere University, Kyazze started looking for a job to earn a living and support his immediate family.
Luckily, in 2003, Kyazze was taken to South Africa by deceased businessman Ivan Ssemwanga.
Kyazze briefly worked as a teacher in South Africa before venturing into hardware business.
At the time of his death, Kyazze was financially stable due to a steady revenue stream from the two hardware shops he owned in Gauteng, Pretoria.
In early June, Kyazze, who was living with Linda, 22, a South African national, was mugged by thugs who waylaid him at his residence.
She was hospitalized for five days.
After being discharged, Kyazze returned home to recuperate from injuries sustained in the attack.
Interestingly, a week later, Kyazze disappeared from the public eye. The neighbours could hardly trace him.
His friends and relatives could not reach him on his telephone.
After not being able to reach Kyazze, a relative on the night of June 18 went to check on him at his place of residence.
“It is reported that the relative found his brother’s girlfriend, the suspect, at the residence while his relative’s lifeless body was found under the bed, with injuries on the upper body,” South African Police spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubele said.
According to South African media, Makhubele said police were called to the scene and arrested the woman after she failed to explain what had happened to her 36-year-old boyfriend.
She was this Monday expected to appear in the Pretoria magistrate’s court.
Friends of the deceased told ChimpReports that preliminary investigations point to poisoning as the cause of Kyazze’s death.
“His relationship with Linda lasted three years. But it was a violent one,” recalled a close associate of the deceased who preferred anonymity to speak freely.
“But this (death) was the last we expected.”
In Uganda, Kyazze’s family had commenced burial preparation only to be told that dead bodies can’t be repatriated to Uganda due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I went to Foreign Affairs Ministry to seek guidance on the repatriation of Kyazze’s body where I was informed that due to the need to prevent spread of COVID-19, dead bodies can’t be brought to Uganda at the moment,” Raymond C. Muddu-Awulira, a family member of the deceased.
The development underscores the challenges faced by Ugandan families losing their dears ones overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 23, the Ugandan Government issued a ban on repatriation of any dead bodies from abroad irrespective of the cause of death, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“Following the presidential directives on 19th April 2020, remains of persons who have passed on from abroad will not be allowed into the country until further notice. This is regardless of the cause of death. The Ministry of Health is therefore implementing the directive,” said Dr Henry Mwebesa, Director General Health Services.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was notified that all Airlines should not to carry any bodies as cargo to Uganda during the period of COVID-19 until further notice.
“We therefore advise that repatriation of the remains of the deceased be postponed till the situation normalizes and further guidance is provided,” said Mwebesa.
Muddu-Awulira said Kyazze’s body remained in a Pretoria mortuary.
“We hope that in the next 30 days, Entebbe International Airport will be fully reopened and bodies allowed to be repatriated. He’s not buried yet,” said Muddu-Awulira.
SA media reported that over the past week, more than 200 Gender-based violence cases have been reported under the City of Tshwane with at least 188 suspects arrested.