Ugandans and the boxing fraternity this morning woke up to the sad news of the death of Dick Katende, the long-serving national boxing coach, whose body was found lying in a pool of blood in his bathroom at his home in Naguru..
According to sources, Katende was later this week set to lead the Bombers to the summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero in Brazil.
Katende is a former national middleweight champion and was appointed a national coach in 1992 replacing Cuban Jimenez Lazaros and served for over a decade. He coached the Bombers’ team that included medallists Fred Muteweta and Jackson Asiku, both of who won gold medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
He also coached Olympic teams in 2000 and 2004. He was summoned again in 2014, leading Mike Ssekabembe and Fazil Juma Kaggwa to bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In a coaching career that spanned over 15 years Katende, who started coaching in 1985 aged 26, also coached at clubs like Foods and Beverages, Nytil, Meatpackers and East Coast.
He joined boxing in 1971 at Kampala City Council (KCC) Boxing Club, and among his international exploits won silverware at the East and Central Africa Championships in Nairobi in 1979 and Gold at the Africa Championships in Zambia in 1981.
He then embarked on a promising professional career under the legendary Wilfried Sauerland Promotions in Germany, winning all his five bouts between 1982 and 1983.
Katende’s body is currently at Mulago hospital for post mortem and the burial arrangements will be announced.
In a related development, another illustrious Ugandan, the former Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kingdom Eng Yafesi Kiiza, is dead.
According to sources, Eng Kizza, who served as Bunyoro premier for three years between 2009 and 2012, passed on yesterday. He replaced Dr Emmanuel Aliba as premier, and at one time also served the Member of Parliament for Bujenje County and was replaced by Kabakumba Matsiko.
Eng Kiiza was a Ugandan-German-trained civil engineer, who worked with Ministry of Works, rising through the ranks and retiring as a regional Engineer for Western based in Fort Portal, and according to sources, while representing Bujenje he opened up a number of roads using his previous connections with the ministry of works.
It is said that while in office Eng Kizza chaired a kingdom cabinet meeting which approved 10 per cent shares of revenue that will accrue from oil exploitation to go to the kingdom. Eng Kizza later resigned from the kingdom, saying he had been undermined by his juniors, and turned to private work.