Like many other reasonable people that came across this story, the writer of this story is yet to unravel the reason why a human being would be buried with a whopping $5,700 while there are millions of people wallowing in abject poverty.
The social media has been abuzz with lots of criticism and backlashes after a story on how a Ugandan woman shoved down a whopping $5,700 into her dead husband’s coffin went viral.
The man, simply identified as Charles Obong, reportedly died on December 17, 2016, after a long sickness. Prior to his death, he instructed his wife in his will, to bury him with Ugandan Shillings 200 million (KSh 66 million).
The money, he stipulated would be used to bribe God to enter heaven. Not only that, he also requested that his brother and sister should be present to ensure his wife follows his testament to the letter.
However, luck ran out of the ‘dead man’ short after his burial on Christmas Eve, in his hometown in Adag-ani Village, Aromo Sub-county in Lira District, Uganda, when details of his will came to light.
During a family meeting, his wife was forced to confess what transpired. Obong’s siblings Ngole and Aber, who acted as witnesses to the ‘transaction’ also opened up to the amazement of their kinsmen.
Obong’s wife confessed that apart from the ($5,700) in the coffin, she had planned to bury an additional Shs180 million in her husband’s coffin on a later date, with the help of a funeral service company, who would help dig open her husband’s grave.
On learning this, one of the members of Obong’s clan, chief, Mike Gulu, immediately ordered for Obong’s corpse to be exhumed. The body was exhumed last Saturday and the money subsequently retrieved. Unfortunately for Obong, he was reburied without the money.
Reports had it that Charles Obong, 52, had feared that his sins which included corruption during his time in theUgandan government service would condemn him to hell. Thus, why he requested for the money.
He worked as a senior personnel officer in the ministry of Public Service from 2006 to 2016 and was a senior officer at the time a whopping Shs257 billion was stolen from the government in a pension scam.
Charles Obong had a befitting burial. His family coughed up nearly KSh 5 million for his metallic coffin.
What a world! Now that the money has vanished (perhaps into the hands of people that need it most), what will Obong tell his creator? Your guess is as good as mine.