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Former minister, Canon Azaria Baryaruha laid to rest

Canon Azaria Baryaruha
The Late Canon Azaria Baryaruha (Photo: Courtesy)

President Museveni has eulogized the late Canon Azarius Ndiira Baryaruha as a nationalist who greatly contributed to Uganda’s economic growth.

Baryaruha, 85, was pronounced dead last week on July 18 from Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was admitted battling high blood pressure and cancer.

Museveni in his message This was contained in his condolence message read by his presidential advisor on public relations, Ms. Mary Karooro Okurut, during Baryaruha’s burial in Bushenyi District at the weekend described the former Minister of Trade and Industry in the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) government deserves to be emulated by all Ugandans.

“Mzee Baryaruha has run a good race and kept his faith in education, family life, development, politics and his relationship with God. The only way we can honor him and his legacy is by emulating his good deeds,” the President said.

West Ankole Diocese Bishop Johnson Twinomujuni “ said Bushenyi and Ankole, in general, have lost a great man of God and a pillar in the diocese.

“He has helped in the success of many projects in Ankole Diocese like building of churches,” said Bishop Twinomujuni.

He hailed the deceased for building St. Paul Kyeitembe Church of Uganda in Bushenyi Ishaka municipality.

Bishop Twinomujuni further urged believers to live a legacy that honors God and benefits mankind.

“As believers we need to live behind  a legacy that honors God and mankind too,” he said.

“People who are financially well off should transform their communities economically and socially if they are to be blessed well in heaven,” said the Bishop.

Mr Marvin Baryaruha, the deceased’s eldest son, described his father as a family man who was passionate about education and God.

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“Our father was so loving and a down-to-earth man. He was very passionate about education and his God and this was evidenced when he singlehandedly built a church of St Paul Kyeitembe church of Uganda,” said Marvin Baryaruha.

The former Minister of Education Mr Amanya Mushega informed mourners that the late Baryaruha inspired many people in the greater Bushenyi region to educate their children and many to join politics.

“As a region, we have lost an educationist who inspired many parents to educate their children because he was the first to have a degree and to this effect, many were inspired. Many decided to join politics and business because of him. He lived an exemplary life,” said Mr. Mushega.

Background & Profile

Baryaruha, who is survived by a widow, Ms Edna Kentaro Keisho Baryaruha, and three children, was born in 1936 in the current Kyeitembe ward in Bushenyi Ishaka municipality.

He went to  Ruyonza school, Mbarara High School, and Nyakasura school. In 1959 he proceeded to the Royal Technical College in Nairobi Kenya.

In 1961, he graduated from Boston University with Bachelor’s degree in economics. He completed his Masters’ Degree in economics at the University of Champagne Urban Illinois in the United States.

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Canon Baryaruha joined the East African Railways in 1968 before crossing to the Uganda Development Corporation as executive director until he fled to exile in 1977.

In 1979, he was appointed Minister of Industry in the first Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF). He contested in the 1980 general elections before he fled to exile in Kenya in 1981.

In 1991, the late Baryaruha worked as the first executive director of the Uganda Manufacturers Association until 1995 when he became the technical advisor to the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) on the Uganda Export Board.

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