Dead Gen. Taban’s Children,Wives, Exposed
By Stuart Yiga
The late Brigadier General Geoffrey Taban’s family has refuted the circulating media speculations on the number of children and widows the deceased could have left.
While eulogizing his late brother during a requiem mass that was held at St. Paul Cathedral-Namirembe that was filled to capacity on Thursday, Lt. Col. Herbert Makanga, disclosed the fallen General has left children including; Noowe Jefko, Cadet Mwijukye Kyabihende, Crystal Kanomwana, Nakita Ampaire, Raymond Nuwagaba, Elijah Byamukama,Shillah Ainembabazi, Joakim Kinte Kunte and Sandra Kukunda.
“Some people were overheard saying that the deceased has left 40 children and 10 widows which is false, the truth is that Taban has been a man of people with only two wives; Hope Katushabe Taban and Annet Mbabazi Taban. What I know, he has been helping many family members and living with them for example at his home he had like 30 people,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaker after speaker described the late as simple man that had solutions almost for every situation.
“Dad first declined to tell us he had cancer may fear to break our hearts; but all in all, we shall miss his love, his advice and everything. However, we ask God to give us wisdom that will enable us keep his legacy,” said his son, Cadet Mwijukye Kyabihende.
In addition, the Deputy Chief of Staff Forces, Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadi also described him as a true soldier that demonstrated love and peace for his country when still at a very tender age, having joined the liberation struggle in 1979 (UNLA) and NRA/UPDF in 1981, respectively.
Born 23rd December, 1961, the late has died at the age of 56 and his body was laid to rest at his ancestral home village in Rwamanuma-Kazo, on Friday amidst tears from his family and friends.
However, drama ensued at Namirembe Cathedral when the UPDF Generals struggled to save a phone snatcher that was nearly stripped naked by the angry mourners upon getting him with three of their phones that had been stolen.
“…eeeh…eh…members, we can’t allow mob justice to take place in our presence and moreover at the house of God!, no…no….no…lets help this man go since he has surrendered the phones unless the complainant wants to proceed with the case at police,” Bgr. Katrima said.
As soon as the mourners saw Katrima proposing to save the thug, mourners ganged up and started kicking him all over his body.
On the other hand, President Yoweri Museveni paid a courtesy visit to the bereaved family of the fallen General in Bbunga, a Kampala city suburb in Makidye Division and vowed to help them with financial assistance to enable them, especially the young children to accomplish their studies as well as getting capital for others to start some businesses.
“Major General Levy Karuhanga died but I didn’t manage to visit his family due to many commitments that I had but soon I will meet them. For now, I want all our officers to encourage your children to go for marketable science courses because such children are easy to employee compared to those who partake arts,” Museveni said.
He also advised those with art degrees to join UPDF or Police if they are physically fit.