Former Masaka NRM woman MP candidate dies in Kenya of suspected COVID-19

Freda Mubanda Kasse has passed on at Nairobi's Aga khan Hospital aged 76.

Masaka, Uganda | URN | Freda Mubanda Kasse, the former Masaka district NRM Woman parliamentary candidate has died aged 76. Mubanda passed on, on Tuesday 15th, December 2020 night at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya where she has been undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Mubanda’s close family friend told disclosed to this publication on the condition of anonymity that the legislator was rushed to Nairobi last month with breathing difficulties.

The family friend explained that prior to being rushed to Nairobi, Mubanda was first taken to a private medical facility in Kampala after developing cough and flu-like symptoms before she was referred to Aga Khan Hospital when her condition worsened.

“We had started believing that maybe she had contracted Covid-19, but tested negative for the virus following a test,” said the family source.

Hajj Umar Ssebulime, the Masaka NRM region administrative secretary says they received the news of their candidate’s death with shock.

“This is a great loss for the party in Masaka region and the entire country as she has been a strong supporter of the party and a great politician who cannot easily be replaced, it’s a big loss for the area,” he said.

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Mubanda’s chief campaigner, Gerald Ntuwa told this publication before press time that they were still locked up in a meeting to arrange the send-off of their colleague.

“We are going to come up with a general communication to the public,” he said. Mubanda represented Masaka in the 9th parliament but lost in the 2016 elections to Democratic Party’s [DP], Mary Babirye Kabanda.