By Ivan Mwine
Thousands of people across the world continue to mourn prince Dr. Patrick Wasajja, a Ugandan human rights activist who died last Wednesday shortly after returning to Uganda.
Prince Wasajja, who was a staunch Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) sympathiser, was on Tuesday this week buried at his ancestral home in Kiwaguzi village, Kyankwanzi District.
His burial was attended by several opposition politicians, especially FDC members who were led by Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye.
Following Wasajja’s untimely death, many people, especially those who witnessed or were touched by his works, continue to mourn him and the latest is UK based Ugandan blogger Abbey Ssemuwemba, who has since penned a very touching obituary, which we reproduce verbatim, in honour of Wasajja’s soul;
Words cannot express the deep pain and sorrow that the Ugandan communities in the UK feel at losing someone as precious as Dickson Wasajja.
Wasajja didn’t deserve to have his life cut short and only the Almighty God knows why. He was an extremely rare gem who interacted with anyone, engaged almost all Uganda communities in the UK and was always smiling whenever we met.
OK, he won’t probably be in the history books. No one is going to make a statue of him to be erected anywhere in Uganda, and his name will probably be forgotten in a few months.
But I have never met any intelligent Ugandan who sincerely wanted political change in our country as much as ” Mulangira ” Wasajja. Most importantly, the guy loved Dr. Kiiza Besigye whole heartedly. Besigye’s name always came up in our conversations. I don’t know whether he ended up supporting Manchester United simply because Besigye supports it, too, or because that’s where he has been living for so long.
He was a staunch supporter of FDC. He used his own money to promote the party; to make its case in the House of Commons and European parliament. He took photos with European and Ugandan politicians, got close to them, had close conversations with them, which itself comes with certain risks. FDC have probably lost their best servant in Europe. He was involved in almost all opposition protests here in Europe. The last one I participated in with him was the one in Leeds after the 2016 elections. Mr. Jimmy Kiseka played a great role organising that one.
Wasajja was also a great speaker. He was our Master of Ceremony (MC) on several community events. He was the MC at my friend, Johnson Mbabazi ‘s graduation party in Cookridge ( I spoke on the same event), and that of Dr. William Bukulu in Seacroft, Leeds. He always dressed smartly in suits.
I last met him at Reverend Amos Kasibante ‘s farewell party here in Leeds in June this year. He insisted we take some photos together, but the photos have become painful to look at it.
Last month, I contacted him and Owekitibwa Enock Kiyaga to help a Ugandan lady who had brought her daughter in Manchester for studies, and needed help with finding student accommodation. Eventually, Mr. Kiyaga helped so fast and the girl was settled down.
The news of his death was shocking, inalilahi wahina ilayihi rajiuna, but anyway, life must now go on. Condolences to his wife and kids, his parents in Uganda and all his friends and relatives.
Thanks to all those that are sending in ” Mabugo” and condolences. I feel better writing this and unburdening myself.
Wasajja, our friend, Godspeed!
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba