Hundreds Pay Respects to Amirali Karmali 'Mukwano' at Kololo

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Hundreds of mourners who included employees of Mukwano, government officials, diplomats braved the downpour to pay their last respects.

A somber mood engulfed Kololo Airstrip on Saturday as hundreds thronged the house to pay their last respects to Amirali Karmali commonly known as Mukwano.

Mukwano died on Wednesday evening 10th July at his home in Kololo. Born in the 1930s, Karmali is the father to Alykhan Karmali, who is currently running the family business empire that spans real estate, banking, transport, and manufacturing.  

Mukwano's body arrived in a convoy escorted by a brass band and family members. 

Hundreds of mourners who included employees of Mukwano, government officials, diplomats braved the downpour to pay their last respects.

Salim Muhamad who has known Mukwano for more than 15 years says Amirali was so much involved in Charity work and trying to lift the standards of living of people. He says Mukwano was a humble man, who lifted many people through his business, adding that Mukwano will be remembered for honesty and integrity.

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Bahbin Patel, a distributor of Mukwano products in Soroti district says Mukwano has left a legacy of humility in the business community that Ugandans can emulate. 

John Hibuji, who has worked for over 30 years with the deceased, says Mukwano had love for staff. He says when it came to staff welfare, it was a priority.

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Irene Debora says she is sad Mukwano died and she has never seen him despite growing up while using his products, she said Mukwano products really stood out in the business community because he identified with the community. 

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Maria Nantaba, a cleaner at Kololo Airstrip says mukwano is a friend to many Ugandans due to his products. She says many businessmen should be like Mukwano, especially consistency and quality in the products of Mukwano. 

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Entrepreneur and Businessman Patrick Bitature, who was the master of ceremony at the ceremony said Mukwano loved everyone equally.

Mukwano's Body is to be laid to rest at Ismaili Cemetery at Kololo today. 


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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.