Makerere University associate professor, Anthony Geoffrey Genmungu Kerali has been found dead in his bedroom. Kerali died at his home at Plot 1, Prince Charles Drive in Kololo in Kampala. The cause of his death is yet to be established.
Kerali was a lecturer at Makerere's college of engineering, design, art, and technology (CEDAT). Wilbert Ngira, a relative who has been living with the deceased says that Kerali did not wake up as he usually does.
This forced him and the two housemaids to knock on his bedroom door at bout 3:30 pm, but there was no response. He says that they forced the door open only to find him dead in his bed. Less than 24 hours before his death, Kerali spurred a social media debate when he tweeted: "Someone at the golf club asked me an intriguing question. A former Justice of the Supreme Court. How many Northerners still live in Kololo? Sounded casual. But the point was noted. Only Dr Obote family, Dr Martin Aliker, and me. Why? Incredible simple question that exposes a lot."
Three days earlier he'd also tweeted about publishing a book which he said would set "aside several myths" about the Obote and Idia Amin governments saying the had humility but also took things for granted.
"Excerpts: 24 Jan 1986, NRA commanders, friends, pass by my hse, Makerere. Really thin, extremely ill fed. They ate like there would be no tomorrow. Then I took a walk to: GPO, Radio Uganda, UTV. A new Government, 25th Jan 1986. Silence. What is 26th all about? Grand deception" he said in one of his tweets.
Brian Billy Odongkara, an assistant lecturer at the department of construction economics and management says the deceased started the department in 2005. Odongkara also said that Kerali will be remembered for training and mentoring many students in construction, economics and management in Uganda.
For his incredible construction designs, a section on the Kabale-Kisoro was named the 'Kerali corner' in recognition of his talents and skills.
Kerali was born in 1962 at Erusi village, Otanyi sub-county in Nebbi district to the late Mzee Claudio Mamba Kerali and Zebia Kerali. He studied a bachelor’s degree in science in civil engineering at Makerere, before going to Loughborough in the United Kingdom to study for a master’s degree in construction economics.
He later graduated with a PhD at Warwick University in material science. He is survived by two sons and a widow although he was living alone in Kololo. His body was taken to Mulago hospital for a post mortem.