The social media has been trending with the story of a supposed popular politician, Charles Obong who was buried with $55,294 (Shs200 Million) in his coffin.
As contained in Daily Monitor, the prominent Ugandan politician died in 2016 after a prolonged illness. Charles worked as a senior personnel officer in the ministry of Public Service from 2006 till the time of his death on December 17.
It was discovered that during his burial on Christmas eve, in his hometown, Adag-ani village, Bar-pii parish, Aromo Sub-county in Lira District, his casket was decorated with millions of shillings.
The report says that a reliable source claims that the money would be used to bribe his way to paradise in the after life.
Charles Obong’s metallic coffin is said to have cost a stunning Shs20 million.
According to Obong’s brother-in-law, who happens to be the chairman for Aromo Sub-county, Mr David Elic, Obong had left behind a Will, which instructed his wife Ms Margaret Obong to deposit huge sums of money in his coffin, in the case of his death.
He also instructed a couple of his relations – Mr Ngole and Ms Aber – to ensure that his wife kept to his will.
While the will did not make provision for the sins he was atoning for, Ugandan records revealed that,
“Public service has been engulfed in pension scam scandal which cost government about Shs257 billion. The money was stolen by senior government officials.”
Charles earned a monthly salary of Shs3 million. His widow works at Entebbe Airport as a principal immigration officer.
Unfortunately, Charles Obong’s plan did not go as planned. His remains was said to be exhumed last Saturday. His clan members of Okii me Okabo heard about his will and investigated into the cause of colossal waste of money; besides such an act was forbidden in their clan.
They reached a decision to exhume the body. Obong’s wife confirmed that she had an extra Shs180 million which she claimed she still wanted to stash into the coffin.
“I witnessed everything because I was invited there officially. When the clan elders ordered the exhumation, the widow resisted but was overpowered and eventually the body was exhumed and the money recovered from the coffin.”
– Richard Ecel,
Area LC3 councillor.
Report says that about $5,700 (about Shs20.5 million) was found in the coffin. The body was reburied on Saturday evening and grave reconstructed on Sunday. The money was also given back to the family of the deceased.
“They now know what to do with it. I did not taste the money. I have handed it to the family the way I was given. If they (family) misuse it, God will punish them.”
– Mr Gulu, a relation.
On that note, Rev Joel Agel Awio categorically stamped it that eternal life has no price tags.