President Museveni has paid a special tribute to Josephine Garubanda Tugume, discount http://cmlsociety.org/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-nav-menus.php describing the deceased as a “mother of great wisdom” and “resourceful, website like this peace loving citizen.”
Josephine, as she was fondly known, was the mother of entrepreneurial journalist and Red Pepper Director, Arinaitwe Rugyendo.
Born on March 1, 1944 in Bihanga, Buhweju District, Josephine passed away on February 5, 2016 at Nsambya hospital where she succumbed to colon cancer and a blood clot.
She was 25 days shy of her 73rd birthday.
Describing Josephine as a “distinguished mother” and “my personal friend,” Museveni expressed “profound sadness” about her death which he said meant a huge loss to the people of Kakigani-Rwampara County and the entire country.
“Death has robbed the family, and indeed the whole nation of a mother of great wisdom, resourceful and a peace loving citizen. We have lost a hardworking mother, grandmother, elder and patriot,” said Museveni in a condolence message sent to mourners in Rwampara this week.
“Late Josephine was a professional teacher who devoted her youthful energy to educating the children of Uganda. She served government as a teacher for 35 years; and even after retirement she remained supportive of Government development programs,” said Museveni.
Several speakers including government officials, clergy and local leaders praised Josephine as a compassionate, loving, social and amiable person who treated people from all walks of life with respect, equality and dignity.
Rugyendo said he was “devastated” by her mother’s death but that he would draw courage from her extraordinary works that transformed lives of thousands of people.
The presence of thousands of mourners was evidence that Josephine’s life touched many hearts.
Josephine was the first girl of the 10 siblings and had an illustrious childhood.
She attended Mushanga for Primary School before joining Mary Hill High School for Secondary School.
Josephine graduated from Bulawasi Teachers’ Training College in Greater Mbale District in 1974 with a Grade 3 Teaching Certificate which she obtained with a distinction.
She was posted by then Ministry of Education to Rwera Primary School in Ntungamo district as a teacher. In 1985, she moved her family to Nyakagaruka Primary School where she had been posted as a deputy head teacher.
She lost her husband in 1989, leaving four small children including Rugyendo, Christine Agaba and Albert Mugisha.
Rugyendo said in her retirement, Josephine “concentrated on community work, uplifting communities and also paid school fees for hundreds of orphans till her death.”
In 2011, Josephine was elected as NRM Woman Councillor for Kakigani Parish before retiring from politics in 2015.
Museveni said Uganda has lost a “community leader who cherished unity, peace, development and modernization – which attributes are in close consonance with the ideals of National Resistance Movement government. The NRM fraternity have indeed lost a reliable compatriot.”
“Women contribute much to the success of children as well as their husbands and families. They are pillars of a prosperous nation. We pay tribute to her for grooming, molding and educating her children who have become useful citizens in the development of our country,” he added.
At the time of her death, Josephine was overseeing the construction of a Catholic Church building at Rutengyeeta in Rwampara.
Christine Agaba who spent time with Josephine at Nsambya Hospital said the deceased was prayerful and “died smiling because she was a strong believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The soft spoken, compassionate, generous and strong woman leader left behind hundreds of adopted orphans she was looking after.
In his conclusive remarks, Museveni said the “nation shall remain highly indebted for her great and admirable service. It is my sincere hope that those she leaves behind shall emulate her legacy, particularly the young generation.”
The remains of the deceased were laid to rest in Kakigani, Rwampara, Mbarara District.