Kalita bus owner dies
The proprietor of one of the leading bus companies in western Uganda died of cancer, according to his brother.
The Proprietor of Kalita Bus Transporters, Patrick Lucky, has died. He was 44.
Lucky started from a very humble background in Fort Portal Town to become a prominent businessman in Tooro sub-region. According to his brother, Mr Michael Asaba, Lucky died on Tuesday night at the Cancer Institute in Mulago. “My brother has been battling head and throat cancer for a long time. He was often taken to India for treatment,” Mr Asaba said yesterday.
Mr Asaba said Lucky was taken to Mulago Hospital on Monday where he was admitted, until Tuesday night when he died. In 1999, Lucky bought the first bus and named it Kalita, to ply the Fort Portal-Kampala highway.
A year later, he became a prominent businessman in the Tooro region when he purchased more buses and formed a bus company M/s Kalita Bus Transporters, one of the leading bus companies in western Uganda. His company owns 50 buses that ply Fort Portal-Kamwenge, Fort Portal-Kasese-Bwera, and Fort Portal-Bundibugyo, Kampala-Kabale-Kisoro roads, among other routes.
In 2009, the bus company started to ply the Kampala-Nairobi route, becoming the first local firm to do so. Lucky studied at Rwabijuza Primary School in Nyabuharwa Sub-county and Nnabagereka Primary School in Kampala and Kasese Primary School, where he completed Primary Seven.
He later joined Mpanga Secondary School in Fort Portal where he completed O-Level. Lucky joined business and started a bakery in Fort Portal Town and later a grocery.
In 1996, he joined the transport sector as a special hire driver. His brother, Asaba said Luky’s body is expected in Fort Portal today for prayers at St. John’s Cathedral. Burial will take place on Saturday in Muhangi Village in Butiiti Sub-county in Kyenjojo District. He is survived by a widow, Ms Loy Kaganda, and six children.