Opposition politician, Kifefe Kizza-Besigye, was among those who attended the final send-off of former Agriculture Minister, Canon Justus Muheru Byagagaire, who died at the age of almost 91 years.
He passed on over the weekend at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala where he had been undergoing hospitalisation.
Byagagaire’s requiem mass was held at St James Cathedral before his burial Thursday in Ruharo village in Mbarara district.
“Today [Thursday], bidding farewell to Uncle Justus Byagagaire at St. James Cathedral and at home, Ruharo,” Besigye tweeted.
He said Canon Byagagaire, lived a full and fruitful life.
In his eulogy, President Yoweri Museveni who visited the family of the late at their Kampala home in Bunga-Soya near Munyonyo, described the late as a great Ugandan.
“He was an elder and a committed nationalist, who served the country in different capacities, including having been a Permanent Secretary, Minister for Agriculture, Labour and the first African Head of Public Service,” Museveni said.
Canon Byagagaire, who served as an Agriculture Minister and later that of Labour between 1971 and 1977, is the father to Dr. Sam Byagagaire, a Special Presidential Assistant on Veterinary Affairs.
Byagagaire denounced Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] which he served as a chairman to become a full member of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
In 1994, he led a delegation of UPC members who met President Yoweri Museveni in Rwakitura and denounced UPC because it had no clear leadership.
He pledged support for a 3rd term for Museveni in 2006. Byagagaire was UPC chairman between 1980 and 1985, during the Obote II government.