Singer Julianna Kanyomozi had a black Sunday when her only child, Keron Raphael Kabugo, passed away at Aga Khan hospital, Nairobi, after a severe asthma attack.
Keron, 11, and Julianna have been more like brother and sister, especially as he grew older. Had with socialite Amon Lukwago when Julianna was 23, Keron was always referred to as an angel by his mother. After initial rumours that Keron had died on Saturday, Julianna refuted the speculation but asked her fans to pray for her ailing “little angel” at whose bedside she was at the time.
Then on Sunday afternoon, after the contradictory reports had reached fever-pitch and some fans were even trading insults on social media over the issue, Julianna bravely announced Keron’s death on her Facebook wall.
“My angel has gone to the Lord. What was spreading earlier was a rumour. He passed away at 10:25am this morning. He has been such a fighter. Thank you for praying for my little angel. I will try and be as g as I possibly can. Rest in peace Keron, sleep well my son, till we meet again,” reads the sad post on Julianna’s Facebook wall.
Keron, who has been a pupil at Aga Khan primary school got an asthma attack on Saturday, triggered by the erratic weather pattern lately. According to one of the organizers of the burial and Julianna’s friend and promoter, Balaam Barugahara, Keron was an avid football fan and played with Edgar’s football academy.
Like any mother, Julianna was enchanted by her newborn bundle of joy when he arrived 11 years ago. So enchanted was she that soon after, she hit the studio and recorded the Richard Kaweesa-penned song, You’re My Centre, for Keron.
You’re My Centre was also one of her first songs to register success on FM radios, shortly after which she discovered the secret in singing in Luganda and she completely reinvented herself into a music powerhouse in the process.
Julianna, a Tooro princess, is also said to be close to King Oyo Nyimba and his family. It is said when the sad news broke, the king who was in Tooro, immediately set off for Kampala on Sunday but in the convoy’s rush, his lead car was involved in an accident that claimed three additional lives.
The accident, near Mubende Teachers College left royal guards Enock Gandi and Alex Kirop dead on the spot. Another, Francis Balinda, died Monday morning at Mulago hospital.
The Tooro deputy minister for security, Julius Baguma, and others are still nursing wounds, although the youthful king escaped unharmed. Musicians and fans have overwhelmed social media networks with an outpouring of support.
Julianna’s I-Jay singing partner-turned-nemesis but now her close friend again, Iryn Namubiru, in respect for Julianna’s loss, even cancelled a function at Club Silk where she was due to launch three new music videos.
Mariam Ndagire said: “[Annet] Nandujja lost her grandchild and now Keron! God keep them g in this trying moment.”
Promoter Suudi Lukwago wrote on Facebook: “RIP Keron. Let’s keep Julianna and her family in our prayers.”
Bebe Cool’s wife Zuena Kirema wrote: “It’s a very difficult time for a mother to lose a child. May Allah give Julianna strength and courage to pass through this trying time… RIP Keron.”
Namubiru’s manager Thadeus Mubiru also posted his condolences, as did Ebonies actress Hadija Ssengoba. Singers DJ Michael and Eddy Kenzo, and actress Juliet Underwood all expressed their shock at the news.
“Dear God, why do you take away people we love most… ? Let us all pray for our diva to be g,” Underwood posted.
Bebe Cool sent prayers and condolences to Julianna, Amon Lukwago and their family. Keron’s remains arrived yesterday and burial is slated for 4pm on Friday at Matugga, following a funeral service the same day at 10am at All Saints cathedral, Nakasero.
Source : The Observer