The 1998 car accident that ended the political career of former Kyotera MP Patrick Kiggundu, moved President Museveni to look kindly at his family, according to the fallen legislator’s former wife, Justice Jane Kiggundu.
Speaking at the burial of her former husband, on Sunday, the Masaka High court judge said she owed her current job to the president’s sympathy. Kiggundu, who died last Friday, was involved in the accident on the Masaka-Kampala Highway, two years into his term as MP. The accident confined him to a wheel chair, unable to fend for his family for the next 15 years.
“The accident happened 10 years after we had met, and in that period we had three children. After a year in hospital, the professor who was attending to him advised us to nurse him from home,” Ms Kiggundu said at the funeral, as her daughters broke down in tears. “The family sat and some tough decisions were made… and I was advised to take care of the children.”
According to Justice Kiggundu, her husband advised her to approach the president for assistance.
“When I met the president, I told him that with my meagre salary I couldn’t look after Patrick’s children and he asked me what he could do for me, and I asked him for something within my line, and he gave me the job,” she added.
Justice Kiggundu, who had been under attack from family members, accusing her of abandoning her husband, described the deceased as an understanding man who kept telling her never to abandon the children.
The judge took a swipe at the Kabuwoko parish priest, Fr Emmanuel Lutaaya, who presided at the funeral mass, for reserving his compliments only for Dr James Ssekitoleko, the deceased’s brother.
“You kept talking of only Dr Ssekitoleko but you don’t know what it means being a single parent. I have also done a lot in bringing up these children and seeing them through school,” she said.
Kiggundu is survived by seven children.