President mourns Manubhai M. Madhvani

Thursday 12th April 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has mourned the late Manubhai Madvani, describing him as a very hard working entrepreneur who, together with his family of the Madhvanis, has contributed immensely to the economic growth of Uganda.

The President was this afternoon speaking at the interment of the ashes of the late Manubhai M. Madhavi, who died in London (UK) last year 2011 in May and was cremated at the foot-hills of Mount Himalaya in India. His ashes were transported to Uganda for interment and immersion at the River Nile today Thursday the 12th April 2012.

The ceremony attracted a cross section of people who included, among others, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Hon. Eriya Ketegaya, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, Uganda's High Commissioner to India, Ms. Nimisha Madhvani, who is also a family member, India's High Commissioner to Uganda, Ambassador Soumen Ray and Her Royal Highness the Nabagereka of Buganda Lady Sylvia Naginda.

The ashes of the late Manubhai M. Madhvani, who is of the 4th generation and died at the age of 82 years, were immersed at the family's resting park called the Samadhi in Butembe Constituency in Jinja district.

President Museveni pointed out that the Madhvani family alone pays taxes amounting to Shs.150 billion annually which, he said, is enough to run 5 districts in Uganda.

President Museveni, who further described the late Manubhai M. Madhvani, as a good Samaritan, called on Ugandans to appreciate and emulate the discipline and actions of Ugandans of Asian origin instead of envying their business acumen and successes.

He pointed out that Asians came to Uganda with nothing but are today business giants like the Madhvanis, the Sudhirs and Metha, among others, and assured them that Uganda is their country and should feel at home. He said by choosing Uganda for the immersion of the ashes of the late Manubhai M. Madhvani, is a manifestation that they are Ugandans who have the country at heart and urged Ugandans to welcome them with open hands.

He also used the occasion to praise the Madhvanis for contributing to the growth of the tourism industry in the country as the sector constitutes one of Uganda’s main foreign exchange earner. The Madhvanis have opening up lodges like Paraa Safari Lodge in Chobe in Northern Uganda and Mweya Safari Lodge in Kasese district in Western Uganda. He directed the National Environment Management Agency (NEMA) to make a report as to why the Madhvanis cannot open up a golf cause at Chobe Safari Lodge at the Murchison National Park.

"Mayur has done wonders in reviving the tourism industry, one of the main country's foreign exchange earners. Mayur wants to build 2 golf courses but NEMA has delayed this project. I have given them only one month to explain how a golf course of 100 or 150 acres can damage a park of 3,000 square miles. If not I will know what to do," he warned.

The President, who told the gathering the history of the Madhvani family, right from their great grandfather, also called on the family members to continue building on what the late Manubhai left and wished the dynasty success.

The area MP, who is also the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Daudi Migereko, noted that the late Manubhai M. Madhvani, was a big gift not only to the people of Jinja but to all Ugandans.

Former Minister, Mr. Henry Kyemba, lauded the family for their contribution in the education sector under the Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation Scholarship Scheme of which Mr. Kyemba is the Chairman. He disclosed that Shs.1 billion is annually set aside for the scheme.

Family members eulogized their father as a courageous and a sincere person, who was always determined to succeed in any task.

Earlier President Museveni was taken round the Samadhis by family members and later laid a wreath on the resting place of the late Munabhai M. Madhvani. Prayers for the repose of the late Manubhai M. Madhvani, were led by Jinjja district religious leaders.

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