A popular phrase from the burial service in the Book of Common Prayer always goes: “we, therefore, commit this body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.”
This implies that humans are made of dust, as mentioned in the major religious works of literature, and will return to dust after death. The bible also talks about our worldly possessions which are temporal.
Cars, homes, land, computers, technology, money, inheritances; it is all temporary. In the context of Uganda’s things, Uganda’s wealthiest civil servant, Christopher Obey is said to have died a very broken man.
Obey, considered to be one of the biggest landlords in the country, reportedly died on a simple bed at Mulago hospital gasping for Oxygen.
However, family members, Pepper spoke to, suspect foul play in Obey’s death. They believe the mafia bent on taking his property could have used his sickness to bump him off.
According to the Uganda Prisons Spokesperson Frank Baine, Obey passed away from the Intensive Care Unit at Mulago Hospital where he was rushed on Thursday.
“Christopher Obey has gone to be with the Lord. I’m still waiting for a Postmortem report. He has been having Pneumonia once in a while but this time it became serious and we treated him until yesterday when he was referred to Mulago and God has decided to call him today at around 3 pm,” said Baine.
Obey has been in Luzira prison serving a 14-year jail term handed to him and three others by the Anti-Corruption Court Judge Margaret Tibulya in 2018.
According to sources, Obey left behind riches to a tune of about UGX500bn to Shs1 Trillion.
He had shares in a number of companies and property in the city centre as well as the outskirts and several chunks of land.
It is alleged that in Kampala only he had over 600 land titles to various properties. At the time of his arrest, he was linked to TWED towers which houses the High Court Civil Division, the Constitutional Court and the Court of Appeal. He was allegedly in the process of selling the building before he was arrested. Obey also owned Conrad Plaza which is located on Entebbe Road.
He is alleged to have bought the property from Captain Roy for $9 million (Shs22.5 billion) of which he paid $6.5 million in cash and topped up with a $3.5 million loan from Eco Bank. Only 15 properties in Kampala were officially known.
He has also reportedly left behind chunks of land: 10square miles in Nakaseke, 5 square miles in Nakasongola, 15 square miles in Kicusa- Luwero, 11 square miles in Mubende, 6 square Miles in Kiboga and as well 1 square mile in Lyantonde home where his home is located.
At the time of his death, his estates caretaker Arthur Kazoora of MK-Mutara advocates has been battling the mafia who reportedly grabbed 9 square miles out of the 11 square mile ranch in Mubende district.