Grief filled St Luke Church, Ntinda on Sunday as the Sabiny community in Kampala converged to celebrate the life of their model farmer, Wilson Chemusto, alias, Farmer.
Chemusto, who was the chairperson and co-founder of of Kapchorwa Commercial Farmers Association (Kacofa) and also chairperson Uganda National Agro-input Dealers Association (Unada), died on Saturday in a Mukono hospital. He was 56.
His widow, Ms Sophy Chemusto, speaking at the requiem mass, said Chemusto was a loving, kind and understanding man who always had ambition for his family and region. “It is very difficult to say goodbye to my husband. He was a very loving and kind man. I miss him a lot,” she said.
Kapchorwa Woman MP Phyllis Chemutai said Sebei had lost an asset. “Wilson was a very social man. He had a lot of knowledge and was always willing to share it with others. We as a family have lost a dear friend and brother,” Ms Chemutai said.
Mr David Kissa, Chemusto’s closest friend for decades, said he had lost a man with whom he had trekked the smooth and rough road. “We started Kacofa with a group of 27 members under a tree. But now, we have more than 3,000 members and a warehouse worth Shs3b,” Mr Kissa said, adding that he would do anything possible to keep Kacofa breathing so as to make ‘Farmer’ smile even in his grave.
Mr Pat Cheborion, the assistant commissioner for Immigration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, speaking on behalf of the Sabiny community in Kampala, said the region had missed a very enterprising person.
Chemusto is survived by his widow and four children. He will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Siron, Kaptanya Sub-county, Kapchorwa District, today.
Chemusto’s obituary and excerpts of an earlier interview will run in the Sunday Monitor of July 20.