UPDATE Ugandan Diaspora, USA ~ Announcing the death of Kisembo Katongole, Boston

Posted October 30, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 14,870 views


US UPDATE: Funeral Service & Fundraising for Kisembo “Semo” Katso” Katongole will be this SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH at St. Peter’s Church Of Uganda, 750 Main St., Waltham, MA. at 2pm.

Dear friends, It is amazing to see how well loved Semo was, It is also great to see how everyone has pitched in to get this mammoth task done. All we can say is thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

So far the details we have are as follows: – The body will arrive in Uganda on Tuesday, 8/11/11, Semo will spend that night at home in Naguru Hill.

On Wednesday 9/11/11 a Funeral Service will be held at St Francis Chapel, Makerere at 10.00 am, leaving for Bujenje thereafter.

Burial will be will be held on Thursday, 10/11/11 in Kiina, Bujenje, (9 miles from Masindi), on Hoima/Masindi Road. For information in Uganda please call 0772450969 or 0712876721/0702876721.

More information will be released on Uganda / Kampala radio stations and real-time updates will be out on Facebook and other online channels.

May God bless you all abundantly. The Katongole Family.

Thank you very much for all the support and generous contributions we have received since we heard the sad news about Semo. To date, you have raised $6307. This is now the final push to raise the balance of $3693 required to send Semo home. We expect to send him home this Sunday, 6th November 2011 followed by burial next week.

The bank details for the UK are as follows;
Name: K. Galiwango, Barclays Bank, Sort code: 20-24-61, Account: 63597490 
The bank details for the US are as follows;
Name: Mukasa Tamale, Bank of America, Account No: 334020337820, Routing No: 540580103.

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Dear friends,  Last week passed with a huge icon in our lives. Kisembo Katongole, known as ‘Katso’ to many, and also known as ‘Semo’ to others quietly departed from this world.

We thank God for the great gift of life that he gave Semo, to some of us, it feels like it was too short but Semo lived his life to the full.  In these days where Facebook plays a part in so many lives, one can see that Semo had a huge list of friends. Real testimony to this is the number of people that have sent messages to the Facebook page CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF KATONGOLE ‘SEMO- KATSO’ KISEMBO R.I.P and other family-linked pages.

Semo went to Kampala Parents Primary School, then went to Kings College Budo for O’levels and joined Namilyango College for A’level’s.  Katso had just finished his studies at Makerere University from which he graduated with a 2:1 BSc Hons Degree in Actuarial Science in June 2011.  Katso left Uganda in April for a visit in the United States, on a mission to pursue further studies and was staying with our sister Birungi in Atlanta Georgia.

Only less a few months ago Katso went into hospital in Atlanta after complaining about chest pains.  After a few tests, he was diagnosed with cancer.  This was a huge blow to the family but it did not dampen Semo’s spirit.  He would not allow us to worry about him. He had the will to live and sure enough, he recovered from that bout and was discharged from hospital. A big appreciation goes out to Birungi, Mukasa and the Atlanta and Boston family who worked tirelessly, supporting him through his treatment.

Semo travelled extensively in the US and one place he loved was Boston, Massachusetts. It was whilst he was visiting Boston that he fell ill and was admitted to hospital.  We thank friends and medical teams who worked so hard to make Katso comfortable during the 2 weeks he spent at this hospital until the 28 October 2011 when he left us.

Maama Jean Katongole and the family would like to thank everybody for the lovely messages and contributions that have been received in Uganda, UK and the US.  Arrangements to send Katso home for burial are underway. These will be published through the various online channels as soon as they are known.  In the meantime, please send any contributions (mabugo) towards funeral expenses to these accounts that have been set up for this purpose:

Name: K. Galiwango
Barclays Bank
Sort code: 20-24-61
Account: 63597490
Name: Mukasa Tamale
Bank of America.
Account No: 334020337820
Routing No: 540580103

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    rita nkalubo

    My deepest condolonces!

    Rev. Joseph W. Kamugisha

    Kital nnyo banaffe!! Such a young precious soul leaving so early! May the good Lord, rest his soul in eternal peace!

    Daphne Kakonge

    Still coming to terms with this. My deepest condolences to the Katongole family.

    tumuhairwe collins

    We will always you Katso.Great pontential gone to soon.

    Farrah Hamoud Dawood

    RIP Bro.
    U will forever be Missed.

    kizito henry

    gone too soon bro we shall always miss u

    Evelyn Kiapi

    Thisis really sad. The Semo I remember still wore diapers. Lets just celebrate his life. He did well while he was with us. My condolences.


    R..I.P Katso…condolences to the Katongole family…

    boney akasa

    may his soul rest in peace.


    omg so sad! wow


    May his soul rest in eternal peace,you have gone too soon.


    hisis really sad. The Semo I remember still wore diapers. Lets just celebrate his life. He did well while he was with us. My condolences.

    Joseph Malinzi

    Its really a pity. I can,t forget those hi school and campus memories, Katso was such a nice friend. RIP Katso.

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