His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda has paid tribute to the late Omugurusi Festo Karwemera. The late was well known for promoting the language and culture of the Bakiga through writing various books. President Museveni poured out his praise for Omugurusi Festo Karwemera for promoting the African culture to the rest of the world.
Omugurusi Festo Karwemera died on the 30th of August at the age of 95. The news of his untimely death was confirmed by his grandchild Mr Mark Bahati at around 4am at Rugarama Hospital. In addition, this is where he has been receiving his medication. Meanwhile according to the doctors, Omugurusi Festo Karwemera succumbed to multiple organ failure due to his old age.
“I learned of the passing of Omugurusi Festo Karwemera, a gallant son of Uganda who promoted the language and culture of the Bakiga by writing many books; a gesture of preservation of the heritage of the African people.
Our Bantu dialects and other African languages are much richer than the European languages, unfortunately, most of these dialects were not written down. With limited writing and elders dying, I joined some linguists from Makerere University to write a thesaurus of Ruyankole-Rukiga (Katondozi). Omugurusi Karwemera was a great source of information in writing this book. We shall forever be grateful.
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Our mother tongues have a potentially great future if we could get more linguistic patriots to sensitize the population about the importance of our rich culture. We salute Omugurusi Karwemera for the crucial role he played and we pray that his outstanding service will be a source of inspiration and motivation to most Ugandans. May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace,” President Museveni posted.
About Omugurusi Festo Karwemera
According to the grandchild, Festo was born in 1925 in Karubanda village Buhara sub-county in Kabale district. He attended Muyebe, Kinyasano and Kigezi high School for his primary and secondary education respectively… Karwemera then joined Nyakasura Teacher training College where he got a certificate in Primary school teaching. Later he went to Mukono Teacher Institute where he got a dipoma in the same field.