During a recent memorial ceremony for his late grandfather, Lay Canon Christopher Rubarenzya, Philip Tumukunde Ndamira, son of esteemed retiree Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde, issued a pointed call to action for Ugandan officials.
Ndamira, a distinguished lawyer himself, addressed the gathering, which included numerous ministers, military figures, local politicians, and government representatives.
He lauded his grandfather for his unwavering commitment to his word, despite possessing limited financial resources.
Lay Canon Rubarenzya's legacy, Ndamira emphasized, included the successful construction of a community school, dormitories, and a church within his region – testaments to a life guided by integrity and action.
"He did not possess extravagant means, nor did he require ostentatious displays of power," Ndamira remarked.
"Yet, when he made a promise, he fulfilled it unerringly, a stark contrast to the unkept assurances we unfortunately witness from many in public service today."
He implored the assembled officials to strive towards emulating his grandfather's exemplary standards of honesty and accountability.
Ndamira further highlighted the stark disparity between the current leadership's access to ample resources and their disappointing failure to deliver on their pledges.
He urged them to learn from the late Lay Canon Rubarenzya's dedication to service and to prioritize tangible action over empty promises, even in seemingly small matters.
In a poignant warning, Ndamira cautioned against neglecting the lessons learned during Uganda's turbulent past, particularly the hardships endured during the 1980s war. He emphasized the nation's critical juncture and stressed the urgency of embracing positive change to avoid potential regression.
"We, the younger generation, have gleaned profound lessons from our history," he declared. "We will be a force to be reckoned with, driving positive change within our nation. We will surpass those who remain deaf to the call for progress and accountability."
In response, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, representing President Yoweri Museveni, acknowledged Ndamira's remarks and assured him of their conveyance to the President. Additionally, President Museveni himself offered words of praise for Lay Canon Rubarenzya's multifaceted contributions as a dairy farmer, educator, and staunch supporter of the National Resistance Movement in the Western region.
Lay Canon Rubarenzya, born in 1928, served with distinction in both local and central government throughout his long and illustrious career. He earned recognition as Uganda's best administrator during his tenure and left behind a legacy of service, community development, and unwavering commitment. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jane Kafunga, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.