Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) supremo and cricket legend Justine Ligyalingi has lost both his parents in a car accident that occurred yesterday at Magamaga along the Jinja-Iganga Highway.
According to eyewitness accounts the parents, Justine Ligyalingi (Senior) and his wife were involved in a head-on collision involving a speeding Toyota Super Custom and a lorry carrying sugar cane.
‘The driver wanted to overtake a sugar cane lorry and was driving at terrible speed, he realised that another vehicle was coming from but could not control the car and he instead knocked the truck,’ the eyewitness was quoted as saying.
‘Mzee Justine Ligyalingi was a renowned Sports Tutor, very loyal Cricketer, Athlete, Footballer, Netball Coach, Referee and Administrator,’ the Old Boys of Busoga College Mwiri wrote, while eulogizing the deceased father of Justine, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), who is also an OB of the school.
‘His dedication to sports and gentleman game (Cricket) was very incredible, he was always on the field grooming new talent and passing on knowledge to the young generation. We pray to the God will grant his family and our nation the strength to bear the loss,’ the Mwiri OBs added.
There will be a vigil at the Ligyalingi family home in Wanyange, Jinja, followed by a memorial service at St James Church Jinja tomorrow at 12pm. Thereafter, the remains will be transported to Magoola village -Bugiri for over night vigil, followed by a funeral service at 12pm on Thursday. Burial will take place at 2pm.
The elder Ligyalingis are survived by four sons: Justine (Jr), Dan Ligyalingi, Peter Mukisa and Geoffrey Luyoyo; and daughter Eleanor Luyoyo.