By Allan Mugabe
Thousands of mourners yesterday thronged at the family of Elidard Turyahamugisha at Katungu cell, Kigaga ward in southern division Rukungiri Municipality to send off Clair Forde the founding sponsor of Aunt Elvi Mikkola Primary school in Rwakabengo Rukungiri.
Forde who hails from Trinidad and Tobago in the United States of America died last week in Kampala over heart failure at an age of 80 years.
Elidard Turyahamugisha the director of Aunt Elivi Mikkola primary school said that he came to know Forde in 2002 when he was in Rukungiri on mission at All saints church , later visited his school in Rwakabengo and started to sponsor some pupils getting other friends to sponsor students and construct for them all seven classrooms and library.
“This man we are burying today requested for it 15 years ago that when he dies we bury him here and am fulfilling the promise I did to my friend,” he said.
“This man liked Africa though he was born and worked in America until his retirement age but he has always admired Africa and, even if by the time of his death was in the UK, he would have been still brought here for burial because he shared it with his family members long ago,” he said.
Wesley Forde survived by wife and five children, one boy and four girls all of whom attended his burial.
The widow Jacqueline Forde said that when her husband retired from government work in Britain in 1994 he started the journey of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in Uganda by giving education to the needy in Rukungiri and Masaka.
“Burying my husband here was very right because its where he has many adopted children he would not get such number at his send off if he was in Trinidad because he spent most of his active time helping
people here,” she said.
She vowed to continue supporting the children he was supporting until they complete their studies together with her family and friends as he was doing.
The senior inspector of schools Rukungiri Municipality, Alfred Katabazi on behalf of the government said late Wesley Clair Forde did not only sponsor pupils at Mikkola but also created job for over 18
people who are working at Mikkolla.
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