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Grief as Thousands Send Off Tycoon Charles Muhangi

By Sandra Tumwekwase

President Museveni has hailed tycoon Charles Muhangi’s contribution to the growth of Uganda’s economy by actively participating in transport business and sports.

Muhangi, the former Africa Car Rally champion, owned Horizon Coaches, a popular bus company plying the Kabale-Masaka-Kampala route.

He was last week found dead at his residence in Buziga, a Kampala suburb.

Speaking at Muhangi’s burial in Bumbaire sub-county, Bushenyi district on Sunday, Museveni said the country has “lost a good and courageous man who has brought change in the country” and will be “missed by all Ugandans.”

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda represented Museveni at the burial ceremony.

Museveni gave Shs 10m as a condolence message to the deceased’s wife Patience Muhangi to cater for burial expenses.

He asked Muhangi’s wife and children to continue from where the he had stopped so that the legacy and everything that Muhangi had worked for does not come to nothing.

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The mother of the deceased, Angella Rwankore Komuzire, described his son as “hardworking” and “god-fearing” man.

She said her son’s passion for driving was the “job he loved most on earth.”

Her eulogy left mourners in tears.

Rwankore revealed that Muhangi started driving small cars at a young age.

“He later saved about Shs 2m which he used to buy a coaster van at the age of 22. At the time of his death, he had bought more than 40 buses,” said Komuzire.

Muhangi’s father Alphonse Rwankore was kidnapped and killed by the soldiers of Dictator Idi Amin in 1972 and his remains have never been seen.

The Minister of General duties in the office of the Prime Minister Mary Karooro Okurut said Muhangi’s death “struck Bushenyi as a lightening. We are still reeling in shock.”

Police have since ruled out any foul play in Muhangi’s death after the postmortem report showed the businessman had succumbed to a heart attack.

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