On January 11, 2024, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom bid farewell to Prince Samuel Nyaika Amooti, who succumbed to diabetes earlier in the week. The 56-year-old prince passed away at Mengo Hospital in Kampala, where he had been receiving medical care for several days. The younger brother of the Omukama of Bunyoro, Dr Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I, Nyaika was born to a different mother, Mabone Winyi, who is still alive.
The burial ceremony, attended by hundreds of mourners from Bunyoro and neighboring kingdoms, took place at Kyamongi village, approximately 10 km from Hoima City. The mourners gathered at the mother’s home to pay their respects and bid farewell to the late prince.
Subsequently, after heartfelt speeches, the body was transported to Mparo royal tombs in Hoima City for the final rites. Princess Joan Gafabusa, representing Nyaika’s siblings, eulogized him as a wise counselor, emphasizing his invaluable advice and the significant void left by his passing in the kingdom and Babiito clan.
The mother of the deceased, Ms Winyi Mabone, expressed gratitude for the support extended by the Babiito clan in nurturing and supporting her grandsons, noting that Prince Nyaika is survived by three sons studying abroad who couldn’t attend the burial ceremony.
One of Prince Nyaika’s doctors, John Lukwago, revealed that the late prince had been diabetic since 2018, leading to the amputation of one of his limbs due to the condition. Despite medical efforts, the situation worsened after an accident, ultimately resulting in a fatal outcome.
Chief Prince Owek Mugenyi Fred Ruchunya reminisced about Nyaika’s friendly nature, describing him as someone who valued honesty and straightforwardness, even resorting to legal action if needed to seek justice.
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister, Mr Andrew Byakutaga, commended the deceased prince for his adept advisory skills and commitment to the development of the kingdom.
Prince Nyaika’s educational journey included Magwa Primary School in Jinja, Iganga College, and Mwiri College in Jinja. He later graduated with a diploma in electrical engineering from Kyambogo, showcasing his dedication to personal and academic pursuits.