Residents and leaders of Mbarara have expressed shock and grief at the death of businessman Bonny Katatumba.
Mbarara is Katatumba's ancestral district where the family is credited for a great role in its development and promoting education through Katatumba academy; the first international school in Uganda
Katatumba, the Honorary Consul of Pakistan to Uganda, passed on at Kampala international hospital where he has according to the family been battling pneumonia. He passed on at 8:00am, Thursday.
Mbarara District Chairperson Tumusiime Bamuturaki says that the district has lost an inspiration.
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Mbarara Municipality Member of Parliament Micheal Tusiime told our reporter that the death is a big blow to Mbarara and Uganda. Tusiime says that the deceased had helped hundreds of people to get on their feet.
Mbarara Municipality speaker Bonny Tashobya told our reporter that the news of Katatumba's death is shocking. He says that the deceased has contributed a lot in the education sector by establishing Katatumba Academy which is comprised of a primary school and a secondary school where hundreds have been given a future.
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Tashobya adds that the deceased had also contributed greatly to the tourism industry through Rwekishokye Leisure Club and Katatumba resort.
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He attended the University of Western Pacific in United States of America where he attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Commerce and Industry between 1998 - 2000. He had earlier on in 1971 graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Economics from Makerere University.
He served as president of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industries, member of Economic Policy Research Centre.