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Ojaamong asks Ugandan authorities to allow Teso mourn departed king

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[The late Teso King Papa Augustine Osuban Lemokol who died in Uganda on February, 6, 2022. Photo/James Odera].

Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has officially written to Ugandan authorities asking them to bring the body of the departed Teso King Papa Augustine Osuban Lemokol so that the Teso community in Kenya has a chance to pay last respect to their fallen hero.

It has been a dark period for the Iteso community since it was confirmed that their paramount chief Papa Osuban took his last breath on February, 6, 2022.

The Teso King took his last bow at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala where he was admitted for barely two weeks.

The celebrated king who hails from Soroti Uganda died aged 88, living his over 5 million members in Teso Uganda, Kenya and the Diaspora crestfallen.

With plans for his burial underway, reports indicate that the paramount chief will be buried on the February, 19 in Uganda.

Request

Busia’s County Chief Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong requested Emormor’s burial committee to bring his body to Kenya so that the estimated half a million Iteso tribesmen in the country can view their fallen hero’s body.

In a letter addressed to the Gender, Labour and Social Development Minister in Uganda, Betty Among’i, the Governor requested the burial committee to adjust their programme and consider bringing the body to Kenya since the half a million Iteso tribesmen in Kenya are also part of the Iteso chiefdom.

He cited the large numbers of those wishing to attend the burial, noting that the COVID-19 restrictions will hinder the bereaved, Iteso – a chance to bid their Chief farewell and attend his final burial rites at Serere, in Uganda.

[Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. Photo/James Odera].

Ojaamong also eulogised Papa Osuban as a leader who fought for unity, economic prosperity, education and preservation of the Iteso culture.

Tributes and condolences continue to flock in from the Iteso people all over the world and also from prominent personnel.

By James Odera