The Parliament of Uganda on Friday prepared a special sitting to honour the late Mzee Boniface Byanyima.
Boniface’s body was made to lie in state at 12.00 noon so the public could view it for the last time as a state culture of sending off one of Uganda’s generals.
Parliament then honoured the 97-year-old Democratic Party [DP] stalwart who passed away on Tuesday at Nakasero hospital.
“In the House of Parliament to pay our respects to deceased Independence Parliamentarian Mzee Boniface Byanyima. Leaves a great legacy!” Besigye tweeted after paying his respects to the late.
Winnie Byanyima, the Director Oxfam international, and daughter of the deceased is seen arriving at Uganda Funeral Services, to pick her father who she says should be buried as a democrat.
Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a funeral service at Namirembe Cathedral for a requiem mass.
On Sunday 21st at 10am, there will be an Ecumenical Service at his home in Ruti, Mbarara district followed by a burial in the evening.
While paying his respects to the former guardian last night in Muyenga, President Yoweri Museveni praised Mzee Boniface Byanyima for his exceptional works in Ankole.
“Mzee Byanyima was one of the “batembuzi” or pioneers in Ankole of a number of key issues. He was a teacher at a time when education was not given much importance in Ankore,” Museveni said.
He added: “He was one of the first three revolutionary farmers in Ankole and politically I respected him because he stuck to the beliefs he held dear.”
Boniface Byanyima was an MP representing Ankole North East between 1962- 1971(1st, 2nd parliaments).
Grandson Kanyamunyu to miss the burial
Meanwhile, Mathew Kanyamunyu, Winnie Byanyima’s nephew and Boniface’s grandson will miss the burial since he is still in Luzira prison on remand for the alleged murder of a social worker, Kenneth Akena.
Kanyamunyu is a direct descendant of Mzee Byanyima, the deceased, according to close family sources.
In March this year, High Court granted bail to Joseph Kanyamunyu and Cynthia Munwangari, the other two suspects, but rejected Matthew Kanyamunyu’s bail application.
Both Matthew and his girlfriend Cynthia insist that they did not murder Akena but acted as good Samaritans who assisted him to hospital after he had been shot by an unknown assailant.
Prosecution alleges that Matthew on the fateful day November 12 last year, shot at Akena for having scratched the rear of his car in the parking at Lugogo near Kampala.
The shooting was allegedly done after Akena left his car and came to apologise to Matthew and possibly make good but he instead lowered his car windows and shot at him and died the following day while at Norvick hospital located along Bombo Road.