Rotary International President elect Sam Frobisher Owori has been buried at his ancestral home in Kidera village, Rubongi sub county in Tororo district. In his speech read by the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Alhaji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, President Yoweri Museveni described Owori as a patriot, Pan Africanist, hardworking and an advocate who left a rich legacy.
Owori was was given a 3-gun-salute as his body was lowered to the grave on Saturday evening.
Owori was scheduled to be the first Ugandan to lead Rotary International, a humanitarian service organisation. He died in Texas, United States two weeks ago after suffering post-operative complications after undergoing leg surgery.
Owori was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years and was to assume office as Rotary's 108th president on 1 July 2018.
He is credited for an instrumental role in growing the number of clubs in Uganda from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. He was a member of Rotary since 1978, a commitment spanning close to 40 years.
Thousands of Rotarians, cultural, religious and political leaders among others were in Kidera to bid farewell to Sam Owori today.
The funeral service was led by Rt. Rev Samuel G.B Egessa, the Bishop of Bukedi Diocese who praised Sam Owori for his generous contribution to the church.
He asked Christians to do whatever they do knowing that their life belongs to God and live a legacy.
The mourners revered Owori for humility, simplicity, honesty, hardwork and embodiment of service.
Rotarian Rajendra Saboo, the Past Rotary International President who represented the current President Ian Riseley, said that Owori was irreplaceable and has never seen any President who had brought glory in the organisation like him.
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His Highness the Kwar Adhola Moses Steven Awor said that they were proud because of Owori's contribution to the Country and the World.
He praised Owori for leaving a legacy of working for the common good and that the World will always celebrate him as servant of humanity. He also declared 30 days of mourning in his kingdom in honour of Owori.
The area Member of Parliament and State Minister for Health Sarah Opendi said that Owori wanted projects to be seeds of peace and asked the locals to carry on his legacy.
In his speech read by the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Alhaji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, President Yoweri Museveni described Owori as a patriot, Pan Africanist, hardworking and an advocate who left a rich legacy.
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Owori is survived by three children and widow.
Owori's burial was attended by Rotarians and friends from 19 countries.
Besides his work in Rotary, Owori has served as the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. He has previously served as the executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.
He studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, micro-finance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
Since becoming a member of Rotary in 1978, Owori served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional Rotary International membership coordinator, Rotary International Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and Rotary International director.