Eng Kisembo’s family conflict anguishes Hoima elders at his burial

The Director of Radio Hoima, Mr Canan Kyanku, speaks at the burial of Eng Deogratius Kisembo in Kasiingo Cell, Kasiingo Ward in West Division, Hoima City on Sunday, June 25, 2023. (Image: Samuel Baguma/Kazi-njema News)

Hoima’s renowned deceased Engineer, Deogratius Kisembo, has left a challenge ahead of his closest friends and family members to resolve internal conflicts.

Eng Kisembo who is among the architects of Hoima’s first radio station – 88.6 FM Radio Hoima, succumbed to hypertension and diabetes on Friday last week after a long battle.

At his burial in Kasiingo cell, Kasiingo ward, West Division in Hoima city yesterday (Sunday), his closest friends said he had frequently complained of being brutalised by some of his own children over his wealth and personal decisions which complicated his life.

Mr Canan Kyanku, the Director of Radio Hoima cum the late Eng Kisembo’s closest friend condemned some of the children for harassing their father.

Without naming them, he said one of the children at one time reached the extent of assaulting the deceased father.

“But children, children, I repeat. The children have been greatly responsible for his death. He reached the extent of selling his properties against his will. Children! Children! One of his children assaulted him. A child, you assault your father? You better die than assaulting your father,” he said.

Mr Kyanku pledged commitment to work with the clan members and the children to resolve the internal family conflicts threatening unity in the family.

Audio: Kyanku on Kisembo’s children (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Eng Kisembo died at 69.

Mr Kyanku said he was dismayed to hear that some of Eng Kisembo’s children had clashed amongst themselves and stepmothers on Saturday night.

There was no will left by Eng Kisembo seen until the end of his burial ceremony.

Hajji Uthman Kitunzi, challenged the public to ensure they have a will properly written portioning their wealth to avoid wrangles after death.

The old men emphasised the warning against children who harass their parents over the resources for which they sweated.

Audio: Kitunzi on will and harassment (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The State Minister for Public Service, Ms Grace Mary Mugasa, too, condemned the children above 18 years of age who cling to their parents’ properties.

She encouraged the family of Eng Kisembo to unite and help each other to progress instead of conflicting.

Ms Mugasa credited Eng Kisembo for standing for the truth all times and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Audio: Mugasa on Kisembo (Runyoro/Rutooro)
Mourners gather at the sendoff of Eng Deogratius Kisembo at Kasiingo cell in Kasiingo ward, West Division in Hoima city on Sunday, June 25, 2023. (Image: Samuel Baguma/Kazi-njema News)

A source said Eng Kisembo is survived by more than 60 children. Therefore, distributing his wealth among them would be a challenge.

Mr Leonard Atugonza Kisembo, the area councilor to Hoima city and son to the late Eng Kisembo confirmed the conflict highlighted by the elder persons saying they needed mediation and prayers.

“It is true that my father had issues and one time he called and told me that ‘I am dying because of your siblings and women.’ I do not want to marry them but they are stuck on me,” narrated Leonard Kisembo.

He however said he was hopeful that the conflict would end with intervention of the elders since it had become clear and he had personally confirmed it.

“I do not know how these conflicts have emerged because he educated us and quite often told us to forget about his property. He used to say, these are my properties and my wife you go and make yours. It is not the first family to have such problems but they will be solved,” said Mr Atugonza.

Audio: Atugonza on his family conflict (Runyoro/Rutooro)

Conflicts over properties after the death of parents are eating up unity in many communities regardless of the level of education and wealthy of family members.

At Kisembo’s burial, the old men it was an opportunity to send a message of advice to the public on guarding estates as well as warning children against brutalising their parents.

Eng. Kisembo passed on a year after the death of his wife Beatrice Kisembo who also succumbed to hypertension.

Family members take the last view of fallen Eng Deogratius Kisembo at their last respects on Sunday, June 25, 2023. (Image: Samuel Baguma/Kazi-njema News)

Relatedly, last month the Hoima city police said they had rushed to Kigarama cell also in Hoima city to rescue a 101-year-old man who was found chained by his own children following a grave dispute over his own property sharing.

Mr Yosam Barongo rushed to the office of the Resident City Commissioner (RCC) seeking its intervention. Properties are becoming a source of insecurity to many older persons nowadays.

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