KAMPALA — City lawyer Bob Kasango has died from Luzira State Prison reportedly due to heart failure.
According to the Spokesperson of Uganda Prisons Frank Baine, Kasango died on Saturday, February 27th, while being transported from Murchison Bay prison to Mulago Hospital for further treatment.
His death has also been confirmed by his nephew, a one Balton.
“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,” posted his nephew Bolton.
The Anti-Corruption Court had sentenced Kasango to 16 years in jail for unlawfully accessing money meant for pensioners.
He was sent to jail with three former top officials of the ministry of Public Service, with whom he was jointly accused in the matter.
The others jailed are former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa (nine years), former Public Service principal account in charge of pensions Christopher Obey (14 years) and former Public Service commissioner for the compensation department Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa (nine years).
Mr Kasango was accused of various counts of theft and forgery of two judicial document to steal UGX15.4b of pension money and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The UGX.15.4b was diverted to the account of Mr Kasango’s Hall and Partners law firm by the three officials.
The charges ranged from conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, to theft and diversion of public funds.
Kasango has been described 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.
On average, at least 15 inmates die in Luzira prison due to poor facilities.
Majority go unreported because they are not prominent in their communities which makes it easier for the authorities to conceal such reports.