Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi lays a wreath on the casket containing the remains of his fallen cabinet colleague Joash Mayanja Nkangi.

Thousands of mourners led by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi have paid tribute to fallen veteran politician Joash Sebakyalyawo Mayanja Nkangi, who succumbed to pneumonia on Monday.

Mr Mayanja Nkangi served as the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom under Kabaka Mutesa II, and also served as Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and for Finance and Economic Planning in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government under President Yoweri Museveni.

In his speech VP Sekandi said Uganda had lost one of its industrious sons adding that the government would meet all the medical bills and funeral costs.

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“Uganda has lost a true servant who contributed truthfully to the services of this country,” he said at the requiem service at Namirembe Cathedral.

The service was attended by among others former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, who announced a Shs5 million party contribution towards the funeral arrangements.

At the time of his death the deceased aged 85, was undergoing treatment at Nakasero Hospital.

A British-trained Lawyer and Economist, the late Mayanja Nkangi is survived by a wife and children, including Josephine Mayanja Nkangi, who served as a top aide to Mr. Mbabazi during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

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