Dr. James Mugisha gwa Kikira kya Mbagyeruka gave me a printed copy of this photograph more than ten years ago. It is one of my most treasured records of our history, not only because I knew many of these elders but also because it presents leaders who were very firmly grounded and honourable in the way they carried themselves.

Although they had differences of opinion, religious and political clashes and suffered the disadvantages of a huge gender imbalance, they were driven by a collective desire to advance Kigezi. Oh yes, they fought partisan battles. Things got ugly. But Kigezi always came first.

The two women in the photo are special to me. I am unable to be objective about them, for one of them, Mrs. Tereza Kabahita Mbire (front right) is my biological aunt and the other, Mrs. Irene Bisamunyu, was my social aunt and a very close family friend. These two ladies were the pioneers of the struggle for human equality in Kigezi, and were among the early leaders of the women’s movement in Uganda.  Mrs. Mbire is alive and well and still serving our country. Mrs. Bisamunyu’s body rests at her home in Kasooni, Mparo, Kigezi, next to her husband Eli Nasani Bisamunyu, the first MP for Kigezi East (Rukiga County).

To honour the members of the Kigezi District Council of 1961, we would like to attach a name to each and every person in the photo.  James and I have identified a few. Please help us identify the rest (and correct our errors) as follows:

  1.  Row X
  2. Position Y from the left or the right.
  3. Wearing XYZ
  4. The full names, their home area, known offspring and other information. We want to know their stories, and to document them for posterity.

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Front Row (seated) L-R: Gaburieri Katabaazi (County Chief, Rukiga); Irene Bisamunyu; Kosiya Kikira (Secretary General); unknown (District Commissioner); Philemon Kitaburaaza (Speaker, District Council); David Komukoryo (Deputy Speaker); Karisti Semiriho (District Treasurer); Tereza Kabahita Mbire; Kibandama (?)

 Second Row (Standing L>R): Unknown; Unknown; Hezironi Kakuyo

 Third Row: L>R William Rutankundira; Joseph Bitwari (?); Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Matia Rwankwenda (?); Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Nathaniel Rwabwera; Francis Xavier Kigorogoro

 Fourth Row L>R: A. G. Bazanyamaaso, John Wycliffe Rwagalla; Baguma mwene Rwomushana (Clerk to the Council); Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Ephraim Babihuga; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown

 Fifth Row L>R: Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown;

 Sixth Row L>R: Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown;

(The photo was taken outside the District Council Chambers at Makanga.  Unknown photographer. Probably Mr. Zara, the Indian who was the sole professional photographer with a studio in Kabale. His studio was destroyed.)

 

**Please scroll down and  tell us the stories of these great people.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Responses to “Kigezi District Council Members 1961”

  1. Andrew G Tindikahwa

    I had just left school and lived outside the district then. I only know those you mentioned because they continued in public offices:
    Kikira: District Commissioner and Chairman, Electoral Commission.
    Kitaburaza: Secretary General and District Commissioner.
    Kakuyo: Saza Chief and later District Commissioner
    Bazanyarmaaso: Assistant Secretary General.
    Komukoryo: Administrative Secretary.
    Rwagara: Speaker.

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    • Muniini K. Mulera

      Thank you Mr. Tindikahwa. A.G. Bazanyamaaso became Member of Parliament for Kigezi South West (Bufumbira) in 1962. Remained MP till the military takeover in 1971. Was appointed Ambassador to Rwanda during Obote II.

      Mr. David Komukoryo left Kigezi in 1966/7 and became the Director of the Uganda Business Bureau in Kampala.

      Mr. John W. Rwagalla had an interesting story as Speaker. Charles Kabuga’s book is worth reading. he details these things. Rwagalla chose to return to teaching. Was headmaster of Bukinda Primary School for many years.

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  2. Robert Jessy Tabaruka

    This is very interesting, but could we know the time roughly when the photograph was taken?

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      • Robert Jessy Tabaruka

        Thanks. Very wonderful.. I am still young so I don’t know some, except Rwagala who as our family friend.

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  3. Charles Ndyabawe

    Thank you Dr. Muniini. Who of the council members are still living? They would help in revealing the “unknown”

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    • Muniini K. Mulera

      Hello Charles,

      I know only 2 who are still living: Mrs. Tereza Kabahita Mbire and Mr. Hezron Kakuyo.

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  4. Mr. Caleb Mugisha Kakuyo

    Hi Dr. Muniini

    Mr. Hezron Kakuyo in second row is my father. Below is his profile which lacks details but wil be updated later.

    PROFILE OF MR HEZRON KAKUYO

    1935 – 1940: -Joined Kinyasano Elementary Vernacular School.
    1940 – 1941: -Joined Kigezi High School
    1941 – 1943: -Joined Mbarara High School
    1944 – 1946: -Joined 2nd World War Army in what was then called Kings African Rifles.
    -Trained in East African Army Medical Corps, qualified as a Nursing Orderly.
    1947 – 1949: -Trained as a Medical Assistant, Masaka Medical Training Centre.
    1950: -Qualified & worked as a Medical Assistant, Masaka Training Centre as a Tutor for one year.
    1951 – 1954: -Worked as a Medical Assistant in Kabale Hospital & Rukungiri Medical Centre as Officer-in-Charge.
    1954: -Worked as a Gombolola Chief in Nyakagyeme, Rujumbura County, Rukungiri District.
    1957 – 1958: -Went to Britain & took a course in Public & Social Administration, obtained a Diploma in Public & Social Administration.
    1959 Nov. – 1968: Became Saza Chief of Kinkizi.
    1968 – 1969: -Became District Commissioner Kasese District.
    1968-69: – Assistant District Commissioner Tororo District, Fort Portal.
    1969-1972: – District Commissioner Masindi District. Masindi.
    1972-1974: – District Commissioner Busoga District,Jinja.
    1974 – March, 1976: – Provincial Executive Secretary ( Deputy Governor) Busoga Province.

    1976 March: -Retired from Civil Service.
    1980: -Worked as Chairman, District Service Committee, Mbarara District for one year.
    1982 – 2011: -Worked as a Councillor, Kikatsi LC III in an Advisory capacity as an Elder.
    2011-Todate: – Retired on his farm, Kikatsi Sub-County, Nyabushozi County in Kiruhura District

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  5. Mr. Caleb Mugisha Kakuyo

    PROFILE OF MR HEZRON KAKUYO
    1935 – 1940: Joined Kinyasano Elementary Vernacular School.
    1940 – 1941: -Joined Kigezi High School
    1941 – 1943: -Joined Mbarara High School
    1944 – 1946: -Joined 2nd World War Army in what was then called Kings African Rifles.
    -Trained in East African Army Medical Corps, qualified as a Nursing Orderly.
    1947 – 1949: -Trained as a Medical Assistant, Masaka Medical Training Centre.
    1950: -Qualified & worked as a Medical Assistant, Masaka Training Centre as a Tutor for one year.
    1951 – 1954: -Worked as a Medical Assistant in Kabale Hospital & Rukungiri Medical Centre as Officer-in-Charge.
    1954: -Worked as a Gombolola Chief in Nyakagyeme, Rujumbura County, Rukungiri District.
    1957 – 1958: -Went to Britain & took a course in Public & Social Administration, obtained a Diploma in Public & Social Administration.
    1959 Nov. – 1968: Became Saza Chief of Kinkizi.
    1968 – 1976: Became District Commissioner: Kasese, Fort Portal, Masindi and Jinja
    1976 March: -Retired from Civil Service.
    1980: -Worked as Chairman, District Service Committee, Mbarara District for one year.
    1982 – 2011: -Worked as a Councillor, Kikatsi LC III in an Advisory capacity as an Elder.
    2011-Todate: – Retired on his farm, Kikatsi Sub-County, Nyabushozi County in Kiruhura District

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  6. Banywana stephen

    I am glad to see my grand father in the photo.district treasure…great thanks to the publisher

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