President Yoweri has described Mzee Boniface Byanyima as a great pillar that Ankole and Uganda at large have lost.
Mzee Byanyima died on Wednesday at the age of 97.
Speaking to mourners at the home of Anthony Byanyima in Muyenga on Thursday evening, Museveni described the deceased as a pioneer in many aspects of life.
“He was a pioneer of education in Ankole,”Museveni said of Mzee Boniface Byanyima.
“He started teaching many years back but I got to know him as a teacher at Mbarara high school in 1959.”
The president said not so many people at that time were able to teach in secondary schools, which was then referred to as junior level.
Museveni also praised the deceased as one of the few farmers in the Ankole region who embraced modern farming after being introduced by the colonial government in 1958.
“He started this at the Ankole-Masaka ranching scheme and became one of the three xamples of modern farmers in our area,” said Museveni.
The mood was sombre as mourners attentively listened to the eulogy.
Museveni lived at the deceased’s home during his childhood.
Mzee Byanyima was also praised being an active politician who always stuck to his beliefs.
“He left teaching and joined politics. We elected him in Ankole North East,”Museveni said of Mzee Byanyima who represented the area currently occupied by Ibanda, Kiruhura and Kashari districts.
According to the president, though he was still young and below the voting age that time, his parents always voted for the deceased whom he described as principled.
“He always stuck to what he believed in.Because of those principles, when the alliance collapsed, many members crossed and joined UPC but he remained.”
Museveni also recalled that the deceased introduced him to a number of key figures in DP that helped him build the foundation of his political work.
Museveni urged people to always do good while still alive because when they die, their legacies stay.
Mzee Byanyima is survived by six children including Oxfarm international Executive Director and former Mbarara municipality MP Eng Winnie Byanyima, who is also wife to opposition strongman Dr.Kizza Besigye.
He will be laid to rest on Sunday at Ruti, 4 kilometres from Mbarara town on Kabale road.