President Yoweri Museveni has described fallen industrialist James Mulwana as a pioneer of manufacturing in Uganda.
Speaking to mourners in the Mulwana family compound, Museveni described the soft spoken businessman as someone who was not just a talker but a person who did what he promised to do.
Museveni went on to give an example of the Mulwana's foresight in the founding of Uganda Batteries. He said that when Mulwana first started Uganda Batteries in 1967, he was producing 4,000 batteries. However at the time of his death, Uganda Batteries produces 17,000 batteries and supplies the East African region.
The president said that he was deeply impressed by Mulwana's Christian faith. He said that while many Christians only pay lip service to their faith, Mulwana actually practised generosity.
He said that Mulwana was responsible for many people in Busunju owning cattle as he would freely gift cows to them. The community would repay his kind acts by bringing him milk that probably inspired the founding of Jesa Mixed Farm in 1988.
In the second of speeches officially recognised during the ceremony to lay the business leader to rest, Prince David Wasajja read out a speech on behalf of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
Remembering James Ssenkali Mulwana as a personal friend to the monarch, Prince Wasajja described Mulwana as a friend who would help in a time of need.
Prince Wasajja noted that Mulwana had been married for 50 years to Sarah Mulwana in a marriage that was a good example to all.
President Yoweri Museveni laid a wreath on behalf of the Ugandan government while Prince Chrispin Jjunju laid a wreath for Buganda Kingdom.
Buganda Katikiiro JB Walusimbi spoke for Buganda Kingdom at the funeral. He said that he first met Mulwana in 1958 when Mulwana was working as an advertising manager with Jolly Joe Kiwanuka, founder of Uganda National Congress.
Walusimbi said he would always remember Mulwana for important advice he gave him on being appointed Katikiiro. He said that upon his appointment, Mulwana took him aside and told him that as Katikiiro he should expect people to heap insults on him. He advised Walusimbi not to be discouraged but work hard because no Buganda Katikiiro has ever been thanked for services rendered.
Speaking for the family, Geoffrey Mulwana expressed gratitude for the thousands of people who turned up to bury the industralist. He said that the outpouring of grief and affection demonstrated to the family that James Mulwana had diligently served his generation.
Sarah Mulwana, wife to the deceased, assured the mourners that her husband had tutored her well in the management of the various businesses. She prayed for the support of friends and family in this trying time.
Sheikh Zubairu Kayongo caused laughter when he asked the gathered to ensure they live legacies where when they die people do not express relief but wish they could have lived longer.
The speeches ended at 4:00pm and the mourners proceeded to the burial grounds.