In Tooro, Karmali established Rwenzori Commodities Ltd which operates in Kabarole and Kyenjojo districts. The company rehabilitated and planted 2,556 hectares of tea out of 5,700 hectares of land. It has four tea factories Buzirasagama, Hiima, Munobwa and Kigumba.
Tooro is mourning the death of Amirali Karmali, the Chief Executive
Officer Mukwano Group of Companies. Karmali died on Wednesday at his
home in Kololo.
In Tooro, Karmali established Rwenzori Commodities Ltd which
operates in Kabarole and Kyenjojo districts. The company rehabilitated and
planted 2,556 hectares of tea. It also has four tea
factories namely, Buzirasagama, Hiima, Munobwa and Kigumba.
Paul Kasande, the Chief Executive Officer Private Sector
Development and Consultancy Centre PRICON in Fort Portal, describes the
deceased as a business icon who contributed a lot in developing the tea sector
not only in Tooro but also in Uganda.
Kasande says that by the time Karmali stepped in Tooro around 1993, the tea industry
had collapsed. He explains that it was Karmali who started a grand plan of establishing
new tea estates and factories in the region.
He notes that as the private sector, they have lost a very
important person who may never be replaced.
Karmali was also a philanthropist who contributed
to the social welfare of people in Tooro.
For instance, when Virika Hospital was destroyed by the 1994 earthquake,
Karmali contributed funds for renovation and also constructed two wards.
Vincent Muhenda, the administrator of the hospital, notes that he
was a friendly person who will be missed.
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Lord William, a worker at Rwenzori Commodities Tea Factory, says
that the deceased respected the welfare of the workers. He says that his
employees have never been mistreated or missed his salary.
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The Kabarole District Woman Member of Parliament, Sylvia Rwabwogo,
notes that Karmali created jobs for many people in Tooro who have been able
to sustain their families.
Thomas Joseph, the General Manager Rwenzori Commodities who has worked
with Karmali since 1993 says that the tea factories established by Karmali employ
3,600 workers and 1.5 billion shillings is spent on staff salaries every month.
Despite Karmali’s death, Joseph says that work at tea factories
and estates will continue because the deceased was hardworking.
Mukwano Group of Companies owns 4,000 hectares of tea estates in
Tooro and produces 8 billion kilograms of tea for local and international
markets annually. Of the processed tea, 75 per cent is exported.