The Speaker of Parliament Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has described former state minister for Higher Education, John Ntimba as a “strategist and versatile” leader who provided leadership at all times when the country needed it.
The Speaker said this in a speech read for her by State minister for Works, Mr John Byabagambi, at a requiem mass at Rubaga Cathedral yesterday. “He was a calm and gentle politician who was very versatile and offered leadership through many situations,” she said.
Ntimba, 78, who died on Sunday at Rubaga Hospital, was the State minister for Higher Education from 1986 to 1991. “His vast contribution to the nation should not only be celebrated by his family but Uganda as a whole,” Ms Kadaga said.
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who presided over the mass, said death was a mystery, “therefore people need to prepare for it”. He described Ntimba as a committed Christian who served himself, his family, country and God whole-heartedly.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi whose speech was also read by Mr Byabagambi said: “the late served this nation with dedication, honesty and nationalism I have lost a mentor and somebody who contributed to my upbringing”
Ntimba taught both President Museveni and Mr Ssekandi at various schools. He is survived by five children and several grandchildren. He will be buried on Thursday at Rwariire, Nyakajojo, Mbarara District. Ntimba went through Nyamitanga School for his primary, junior and part of his secondary education. Between 1953 and 1955, he joined St Leo’s College Kyegobe, in Fort Portal where he completed his college education before joining Gauhati University, Assam India in 1960 for a degree in geography. He proceeded to Indiana University, USA for his masters in the same filed.
In 1961 he taught at Ntare School in Mbarara, before joining Indiana University as a part time lecturer.
However, he took up various assignments at teaching level at St Mary’s College Kisubi in 1964, but also served in the foreign service in New Delhi and London between 1964 and 73. He also served as a permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education in 1982. He also represented Mbarara Municipality in the NRC.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor