Parliament on Wednesday honored departed businessman Amiralli Karmali better known as Mukwano who passed away a week ago.
Moving the motion on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda noted how Mukwano’s businesses became part of Uganda’s lifestyle.
“Government deems it fit to celebrate the industrious and ingenious business icon that has contributed tremendously to the economy of Uganda and improved lives of many people” he said.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the Opposition chief whip urged government to create the necessary environment for entrepreneurship.
Citing the example of Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu the departed ex-Greenland bank boss, Ssemujju advised government to desist from coercing businessmen into politics.
“It is possible for this country to create more Mukwano’s the moment you create the right environment. But if the entrepreneurs must necessarily be your supporters, you will have fewer Mukwano’s”
Alex Ruhunda the Fort Portal municipality MP castigated ethnocentric tendencies which he says have obscured vast majority of elite thinking.
These if not curtailed, he warned, risk taking Uganda on a downward trajectory.
“For me if you really want to be a powerful tribe, let us know you by what you manufacture. Let us see your innovation and technology spread around the country like what Mukwano did”
The MP praised Mukwano’s ingenuity which created a multitude of jobs in the tea industry.
“He established factories and created opportunities to over 10000 workers. Actually many of them came from Kanungu and Kigezi region.
To him, Mukwano should be an example to aspiring youth entrepreneurs and leaders out there.
Who is Mukwano?
Mukwano who was decorated with distinguished order of the Nile Class 1 award was born in 1938 in Gomba which was then Masaka district. This was 34 years after his father Ali Mohammed Karmali had settled in Uganda.
Initially trading in Coffee and Tea, Mukwano later joined the transport industry as a truck driver shortly after his family had moved to Fort Portal.
According to PM Rugunda, Mukwano opted to stay behind at the time of the Indian expulsion by Field Marshal Idi Amin’s government due to his overwhelming commitment to Uganda.