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BCU eulogises fallen Umukuuka  Wamimbi

MBALE April 17, 2024 – Bugisu Cooperative Union [BCU] has paid tribute to the late Umukuuka, Wilson Weasa Wamimbi, recognising his dedicated service to the Union and Uganda at large.

The former cultural leader of the Bamasaaba, who passed away last Friday at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital in Kampala, was the Chairperson Vetting Committee that approved Nathan Nandala Mafabi as Chairman of BCU in 2020.

Wamimbi from Sano clan of Inda ya Wanaale was elected the first Umukuuka in August 2010.

Nandala who is also the Budadiri West Member of Parliament commended Wamimbi for his unwavering dedication and selflessness in serving BCU.

He said the late played a crucial role in BCU.

Wamimbi who also served as Uganda’s High Commissioner to Canada in 1990s was a committed coffee farmer associated with Busano Grower’s Cooperative Society  supplying all his coffee to BCU.

Nandala who was days ago re-elected unopposed as BCU Chairman, highlighted the late’s efforts of promoting Bugisu’s Arabica coffee in countries like Canada and Germany.

Wamimbi worked as a marketing officer with BCU and later joined politics in 1987, becoming Chairman of Greater Mbale district.

He went to Walanga Primary School in the current Manafwa district and later joined Masaba Secondary School and Nabumali High School, respectively.

Wamimbi trained as a teacher at the former Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo [ITEK] before going for further studies at Makerere University where he obtained a degree in marketing.

He was born on July 1, 1938 and circumcised in 1962 in Busano Sub-county, Mbale district.

He also obtained a diploma in business administration at the Institute of Public Administration, which was later renamed Uganda Management Institute [UMI].

Wamimbi taught in several schools including his former school Nabumali High School. He also served on the board of former Apollo Hotel, later renamed Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

Moses Kutosi, the Minister of Culture in Inzu Ya Masaba, noted that Wamimbi’s legacy will be remembered for unity and integrity.

He also applauded Government for honouring the late with official burial.

The late Wamimbi will be laid to rest on Saturday at Busano, Mbale district.

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