Brenda Kukundakwe an employee at green top investment that deals in Motorcycle tyres says Karmali was an entrepreneur whose investment created employment opportunities for Ugandans majority being youth.
Traders in Kampala are mourning the death of Amirali Karmali 89,
the proprietor of Mukwano Group of Companies.
The business mogul, industrialist and philanthropist has been the
face of a thriving business empire that spanned for five generations since 1904.
From the transport sector, manufacturing, real estates, health facilities to
agriculture, the Mukwano Group of companies has for several years been under
the stewardship of Karmali who is a household name within and outside Uganda.
His death has however left an opening among the business fraternity in the
country with many eulogizing him as an entrepreneur whose investment touched
In Kampala, where he owned several businesses, many traders spoke openly about
Brenda Kukundakwe an employee at green top investment that deals in Motorcycle
tyres says Karmali was an entrepreneur whose investment created employment
opportunities for majority being youth.
“If you look at the Industries such as Tea factories, it employed
many people, this has since improved on the standards of living of any people,
this is very good and we credit him for such investment,” said Kukundakwe.
Another businessman at Mukwano mall who asked not to be named in order to speak
freely says the country has lost a man of great value and inspiration.
“In the morning we got the sad news of the death of Mzee Mukwano, we
didn’t know him closely but the people who are attached to him, the people whom
he inspired in their businesses, he has been a great man and his death will be
definitely affect a lot of people who were dealing in line with what he was
like real estates among others,”
Razak Jasani, a trader currently operating in Butebo Province, Democratic
Republic of Congo [DRC] says his first employment was in 2007 at Karmali’s tea
factory where he not only gained skills but earned a living.
“His death is a tragedy, we shall miss. He didn’t employ only
Indians but also Ugandans who are earning a living through his investment,”
Patrick Nuwagaba, a trader at Mukwano arcade says his former land
lord [Karmali] had good management and offered good services to tenants.
“He has been a good man who has employed many Ugandans in the country,”
Hassan Mugambe Sserunkuuma, the Chairperson of traders at Mukwano
Arcade says traders are willing to close the shops and bury Karmali citing his
good characters in the community.
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A trader who preferred anonymity says Mukwano has not been interfering with
rent increment, unlike other landlords.
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Kajubi Mukalazi, a trader at Mukwano Arcade says government should protect the
arcade from people who might have interest in antagonizing its operation
following the death of Karmali.
Mukwano arcade has 230 shops with over 1,000 traders.
A tenant who identified
himself as Abdullah and has spent seven years at Mukwano Mall, says although he had never seen Karmali, he deceased's
kindness was very visible.
“He likes Ugandans and that’s why he established many of his companies here
because he knows the situation we are facing”. Says Abdullah