KAMPALA – Thousands defied Covid-19 guidelines and descended on Nyakabiriizi in Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality, Bushenyi District, on Tuesday to attend the burial of Zabron Rushambuza.
Rushambuza, 93, succumbed to diabetes and hypertension on Sunday.
Rushambuza was born in 1927 to Mitimbo, the head of the Bagoma Clan, the traditional rulers of Igara chiefdom under Ankole Kingdom.
Businessman and top educationist William Mukaira, who spoke on behalf of the deceased’s friends, described Rushambuza as a man who lived a happy long life.
“He kept happy all his life and he would welcome all people with a smiling face. He loved God and that’s why he got his life prolonged. I am sure Rushambuza died a happy man because his children took good care of him up to the time he went to be with God,” Mr Mukaira said.
His son Mr Obadia Ntebekeine described his father as an iconic giant whose legacy will not fade after death.
In his condolence message read by Ms Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister of General Duties, at the burial on Tuesday, President Museveni said Rushambuza’s commitment to family values and nation building was unmatched.
“This regrettable death has robbed us of a great father, patriot, counsellor, citizen, seasoned farmer. As we grieve the death of a father, we also cerebrate his exceptional exemplary life which has been characterized by total commitment to family values and selfless service to this country as a whole,” Mr Museveni’s condolence message read in part.
“He served with diligence and humility. He was very patriotic and he supported government in all its efforts. He always put his country first ahead of his personal interests. Uganda has lost a great entrepreneur. Mzee’s passion for modernization has been one of the major aspects of his life. His knowledge and experience in modern methods of farming have been very important in promoting Uganda’s agriculture,” he added.