Jinja church leader buried four months after his death

Yekosofat Mwavu

Yekosofat Mwavu

Jinja Chief Magistrate's court has issued an order for the burial of Yekosofat Mwavu, the former director of the Universal Apostles Church of Righteousness who breathed his last on June 25, 2018.

Born in 1923 Mwavu founded the church together with late Noah Kalange and Miki Ross Mafabi in 1963. He died in Iganga district at the home of one of his sons, Samuel Tusubira, who however said that his dad could not be buried without receiving financial support from the church that he founded.

But the decision was challenged by his brother Daniel Mwavu who filed an application at the Jinja Chief Magistrate's court demanding for the immediate burial of their father. He faulted his brother of hatching a plan to seize their father's wealth.

The deceased's brother, Ronald Isiko says that Tusubira was claiming to be the only son of his father who reserved the powers of handling his funeral rites, prompting the court process.
The late Mwavu's body was kept at the Kampala City Mortuary pending a decision by the court. After the decision by the court, the body was taken to his ancestral home in Mafubira sub-county for burial on Saturday.

Tusubira maintains that the conflict between him and his siblings are fuelled by leaders in the Universal Church who have failed to reward his father with a descent sendoff.

"Whatever is happening within my family is masterminded by some leaders of the church who usurped my father's position as a church director and have failed to reward him with a decent burial in appreciation of his faithful work towards the Universal Church," Tusubira says.

Sausipateli Tubone, the current director of the Universal Church says that Tusubira is on a mission to divide the church.

"According to our faith, bodies are buried within two days but what my son, Tusubira did was far below the church standards," Tubone says.

Mwavu is survived by eight children and 20 grandchildren.

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