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Tributes pour in for deceased Bugisu first cultural leader Wilson Wamimbi

Mbale, (UG):- The Bagisu are mourning the demise, of His Highness Umukuuka Wilson Weasa Wamimbi, the first cultural leader of “Inzu Ya Masaaba”, who passed away Friday evening at Kirudu Hospital, after a long illness.

According to those who have been close, the late Wamimbi had been in and out of the hospital in recent years battling pneumonia.

Below are some of the messages of the mourners.

Mbale Networking Club (MNC) Chairperson, Mr Michael Wafana, posted on his facebook wall that, “A lion has gone to rest. Such a huge loss for the region. You steered the greater Mbale where many are struggling with small administrative units.”

“You gave our cultural institution a face as the first Umukuuka. We shall forever be indebted. Rest in power. Rest with the Angels. Rest in peace,” he added.

Tytus Vybes born Kidasa Titus a Lumasaba music promoter also posted, “It is with deep sorrow that we, the “Bagisu” have lost our former Umukuka Wilson Weasa Wamimbi. My heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones and the entire Bagisu community. May his memory be a source of comfort and strength during this difficult time.”

On his part, Isaiah Kutosi a radio personal and musician paid tribute to the late as well as his predecessor Umukuka the 2nd Bob Mushokori who passed away in January 2021. He said, “It’s sad to note that these two great leaders are not with us anymore. They set a legacy that will never be forgotten”.

Inzu Ya Masaaba as a Cultural Institution was established in 2011 to foster Unity
and Development amongst Bamasaaba and hopes to achieve this through working in partnership with local district Governments in Masaabaland and the Central Government.

It is owned by every Mu-Masaaba and non Bamasaaba resident in Masaabaland in Uganda and Kenya and all friends and well wishers of Bamasaaba.

Before Inzu Ya Masaaba was formerly conceived, BaMasaaba from various parts of Masaabaland had always been in discussion and proposed various ideas for the formation of an institution that would organize members of the Bamasaaba under a single umbrella to address issues of Masaaba welfare both at home and abroad.

This culminated in a process to formalize, which began on April 13, 2007, when a group of BaMasaaba gathered at the Uganda community centre in Mbale, with the aim of forming an organization that would be the engine of preserving Masaba culture, and also act as a catalyst for social and economic
development in Uganda particularly in Masaabaland.

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