The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, joined the nation to mourn the death of Doreen Tashobya, a daughter to Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime, the Entebbe Municipality Member of Parliament.
The Speaker, who was represented by State Minister for Education, Hon. Rosemary Seninde, said that she was shocked by the news of the death of Hon. Tumusiime’s two children, her daughter Doreen Tashobya and foster son Patrick Businge who died in a gruesome accident on Tuesday, 21st June 2016 in Entebbe.
“As a mother and family, the pain of losing your children who had a promising future is unbearable. I know they have left huge gaps and scars in the hearts of the family. Their potential contribution to this nation is all lost,” Kadaga said.
Speaking on her own behalf, Hon. Seninde said that it was a very trying time for Hon. Tumusiime, who has lost family members in a short period of time.
He urged the Entebbe legislator to seek solace in God since He protects all.
“You will agree that Hon. Rose Tumusiime has gone through a lot of stress. We were here mourning her husband; then her sister, after a short period her mother, and here we are, mourning her beloved daughter. May the Almighty God strengthen Rose,” Seninde said.
Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime spoke fondly of her late daughter whom she referred to as a great companion.
“I have been a superstar of our family but Doreen broke me down. It’s hard to explain this double tragedy. But when you believe in Jesus, He makes you more than a conqueror. I will not bend to the devil despite these trials,” she said.
She commended the late Patrick Businge, who was riding the motorcycle that the duo crashed in, for playing a supportive role in the family.
She informed mourners that he had been part of the family for the last 10 years.
Hon. Tumusiime asked police and legislators to enforce the policy on helmets for boda boda cyclists and their passengers, as is the case in Rwanda.
She also advocated for more humps on roads and pedestrians lanes.
Stephen Kasiima, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Traffic, called for amendments in the traffic law, which he said, is not deterrent enough.
Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre comforted the widow saying God will strengthen her.
“We are saddened about Doreen’s departure. She has been leading a group of youth. She’s dead but she’s alive and has gone to be with family. Life is not fair but God is good. In moments like these, we choose to praise God,” Kayanja said.
The late Doreen Tashobya was being ridden on a motorcycle by Patrick Businge when they were run over by an Isuzu truck in Entebbe. Tashobya was being dropped off at her work place.
More than 50 Members of Parliament attended the funeral service. Hon. Seninde delivered cash contributions of shs5 million and shs2 million from the First Lady Janet Museveni and the Speaker respectively.