Bebe Cool [Photo: bebecool_ug/ Instagram]

Legendary Ugandan ragga hitmaker Moses ‘Bebe Cool’ Ssali is in mourning. This follows the passing of his protégé singer Allan Massengere aka Shortkut after over a month in critical care at Nsambya Hospital, Kampala.

According to local media, ShortKut succumbed to undisclosed illness on Wednesday, August 19, 40 days after he was rushed to the facility after he fainted. The Gagamel signee’s condition is said to have worsened in recent weeks and had prior to his passing been at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 

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“The Lord has decided my son Allan Masengere should join him in a better place. I thank all the doctors and nurses who tried yo save his life for the past 40 days. May his soul rest in peace,” posted Bebe Cool.

The ragga star’s message coming weeks after he took to social media to plead for prayers saying his nephew was fighting for his life. “My son Allan Massengere aka Shortkut, young talent in the music industry of Uganda has been bedridden for nearly a month now fighting for his life. Friends and family, your prayers are welcome. Get well soon in the name of Allah.” 

Joining the family in grief, Bebe Cool’s archrival -Bobi Wine - among other Uganda entertainers mourned Shorkut’s passing as a blow to the music industry. “Today the Ugandan music fraternity has lost yet another talent, Allan Massengere aka Short Cut. On behalf of the Fire Base Crew and myself, we send heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and the Gargamel Crew. We stand with you and pray that God sees you through this challenging time,” posted Bobi Wine.

Shortkut is set to be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Masaka, west of Lake Victoria, according to Bebe Cool who while announcing burial plans, highlighted that there will be no vigil held for the diseased in Kampala due to coronavirus restrictions. 

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“The body has this evening been taken to his ancestral home in Kalisizo Kyambogo, Masaka where it will be laid to rest tomorrow. Unfortunately, there will be no vigil held in Kampala due to the Covid-19 situation in the communities. This implies that a few friends and family will congregate tonight at his village home in Masaka. Church service will be at 10am tomorrow and burial will be at 12pm. The family of the deceased wish to thank everyone so much for the intense prayers and moral support towards it throughout these hard times. May his soul rest in peace,” he posted on Facebook.