Hundreds Pay Tribute To Kalita Bus Owner Patrick Lucky

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In a speech read on his behalf, King Oyo urged Patrick Lucky's family to work hard and ensure the many businesses he had started do not collapse following his death.

Hundreds of mourners thronged St John’s Cathedral, Kabarole, to pay their last respects to the proprietor of Kalita Bus Company, Patrick Lucky.
The casket arrived at Kitumba, four kilometres to Fort Portal town and was received by hundreds of mourners. They started marching from Kitumba up to St John’s Cathedral. The mourners were accompanied by a brass band and several boda boda cyclists.
The casket which was in the Uganda Funeral Service vehicle was led by a traffic police vehicle.
When the casket reached St John’s Cathedral, it was received at the entrance of the cathedral by the Ruwenzori Diocese Sub Dean Rev Ezra Busobozi and the retired Bishop Ruwenzori Diocese, Eustace Kamanyiire.
The casket was then ushered into the cathedral and members of the public paid their last respects, which lasted close to two hours.
After the public viewing, the widow Loy Kaganda, the children, Tooro Kingdom regents, Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and the clergy laid wreaths on the casket.
The cathedral was packed to capacity. Three large tents were erected outside the compound of the cathedral to accommodate the large number of mourners.
In a speech read by Tooro Kingdom regent, Rev. Richard Baguma, the King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru said that the Tooro region has lost an entrepreneur who had put the Tooro region on the map through the transport sector.
King Oyo said that his widow and children should emulate the legacy of Lucky and ensure that the business is well managed and doesn’t collapse.
Lucky aged 44 years died on Monday at the Heart Institute, Mulago Hospital after battling Cancer since 2009.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral home in Muhangi village, Butiti Sub County, Kyejonjo District.
Lucky was one of the first businessmen in Tooro to introduce bus transport services, linking Tooro region to some parts of the country.
In 2009, he introduced buses that ply the Kampala-Nairobi road.


About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.