Molly Asiimwe, the Assistant to First Lady and Hon Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, has received an award for her departed mother, Ida Kabandize Rubabinda.
This was during the Women’s Day celebrations held in Mbale on Sunday.
The National theme for this year’s celebration is “Celebrating 25 Years of the Constitution: Milestones on Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Uganda”.
Kabandize taught President Museveni and former First Deputy Prime Minister Eriya Kategaya at Kyamate Primary School.
Molly Asiimwe, an aspirant for Rwampara Woman Parliament in the 2021 race, was all smiles as she received the award from President Museveni.
According to official records, the late Ida Kabandize Rubabinda was born in 1928 in Kibingo, Rweikiniro, Kyamate, Ntungamo District.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal saviour at the age of 10, lived as a servant of the Lord and influenced many lives through her exemplary behaviour.
In 1958, she got married to Mr. Alfred Rubabinda and God blessed them with seven children.
She trained as a vernacular teacher and completed a Certificate from Kabale Vernacular Teachers Training College.
A TEACHER FOR THE NATION
Mrs. Rubabinda taught in many Primary schools in western Uganda including Rweikiniro, Kitunga, Kyamate, Itojo, Rwentanga and Kinoni II.
She taught many pupils that later became pillars and leaders in the country, including President Museveni, the late Rt. Hon. Eriya Tuhirirwe Kategaya, the late Mrs. Jennifer Kutesa, Mrs. Violet Kajubiri, and General(Rtd)Joram Mugume among others.
Her students became her best friends later in life and they fondly called her “Mukuru” as a sign of respect for their teacher.
Her legacy of being a God fearing, a stickler for cleanliness and hygiene, and her humility still live on among her children and those she taught.
A GREAT INNOVATOR
Ida was a great innovator and she always thought outside the box to solve problems.
In the 1970s during the economic war in Uganda, churches had no wine to use for Holy Communion, so they resorted to packed juice. Ida processed banana juice into altar wine which was then used extensively in Rushere Archdeaconry and other churches.
She would also process instant milk that would be used to make tea and she would pack it for her children when they were going to boarding schools. In her gentle way of doing things, she was a silent achiever.
ROLE MODEL FOR A STRONG AND STABLE FAMILY
The late Ida Rubabinda was a woman of substance.
She had the virtue of humility but at the same time she was very principled, with unwavering dedication to God.
She stood firmly besides her husband, and together they developed the community, served the church and raised God-fearing young people of integrity from their biological children and those of their relatives and disadvantaged community members.
In this generation when good role models for strong families are scarce, as a nation we should honour the legacy of the great matriarchs like Ida who touched many in the community by their lives and their example.