Jailed city Lawyer Bob Kasango has died of heart failure in Luzira prison according to the authorities.
Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson Frank Baine confirmed Kasango’s death on telephone interview.
“For the last two weeks, he has not been well health wise but our prisons medical team has been treating him. Currently, I cant tell what killed because postmortem report is not yet out”, he said.
Some unconfirmed reports indicate that died of heart failure on Saturday night at around 9pm.
A source intimated to us, that he developed chest complications and nose bleeding, he was rushed to Murchison bay hospital for treatment but his conditions continued to worsen.
By the time of his death, prison medical team was preparing documents to take him to Mulago hospital for further treatment.
The deceased ran a law firm in Kampala and was a co-founder of the independent magazine with veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda.
He was known to many Ugandans as one of the best lawyers ever, he was also an intellectual, a great poet, journalist, sports analyst, humanist and a very kind and generous soul member of society.
It’s further reported that Kasango succumbed to heart failure.
“My Uncle Bob Kasango has died due to heart failure. Last met him at the prison before COVID-19. Rest well my uncle you have been such a great lawyer outside and inside prison. We will always remember you for your kindness and generosity,” Kasango’s nephew a one Bolton posted on social media on Saturday.
In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Court sentenced Kasango (16 years to Luzira Prison), former Public Service officials Jimmy Lwamafa (9), Christopher Obey (14) and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa (9) in jail for theft of sh15 billion meant for pensioners.
Justice Margaret Tibulya of the Anti-Corruption Court found him and the three officials guilty of diversion of funds, fraud, forgery, theft, and conspiracy to defraud government funds. She ordered that in addition to the 16 years in jail, Kasango should also compensate the government sh5 billion. Lwamafa was also ordered to compensate government 3 billion shillings.
Tibulya said that court relied on the recorded evidence by John Keitirima, then a registrar at the Civil Division of the High Court and now a Judge of the High Court.
Keitirima told court how Kasango asked him to help cover the forgeries so he can get money from government. The forged court documents included a bill of taxation and certificate of order purportedly issued by Charles Abola and 6,337 ex-servicemen who had sued Government demanding their pension.