Katongole Muhammad Badru, who had expressed interest in representing Bukoto Central in the Eleventh Parliament under National Unity Platform (NUP ) party is dead.
Katongole died after being involved in a car accident along Masaka Mbarara road while going for the burial of Dr. Anas Kaliisa who died on Wednesday evening at his home in Kawempe and is set to be buried in Ntungamo.
Several other passengers, who were traveling with the deceased in the saloon vehicle, were rushed to Masaka Hospital while reports indicated Katongole’s was taken to Kyazanga Hospital.
One of the deceased friend Abdulkarim Katende, said Katongole was a former Chairman of the Baganda Nkobazambogo Bilal Islamic institute SS Kakiri. “I can’t believe that you are gone my chairman,” he said.
The deceased was in a Mark X black saloon car alongside five other friends who set off from Kibuli Enroute Ruhama in Ntungamo for the burial of NBS TV’s political commentator Sheikh Dr. Abdunoor Anas Kalisa who collapsed and died at his home on Wednesday.
According to eyewitnesses, the Mark X was driving at breakneck speed when it hit another car and overturned.
Katongole died instantly while the four occupants were transferred to Kitovu hospital, two of them under Intensive care.
By the time of his death, Katongole was aspiring to unseat Uganda’s Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi in Bukoto Central.
NUP principle Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine expressed he was in shock and grief following the death of Katongole.
“With shock and grief, I have learnt of the death of comrade Katongole Badru Muhammad, who participated in the NUP candidate selection for MP Bukoto Central. He perished in a terrible accident this morning. On behalf of the NUP fraternity and on my own behalf, I send deep sympathies to his family, friends, and all of us who knew him. What a loss to the forces of change! We shall coordinate with the family regarding burial arrangements.
Kitalo nnyo! Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.