Ugandans and educationists across the country were today engulfed in grief and shock upon learning of the demise of Mr. Samuel Majwega Musoke, the proprietor of MK Publishers Ltd.
Musoke was pronounced dead on Saturday, June 25, 2022, barely a week after undergoing successful operation for intestinal obstruction in Louisiana, United States.
His death was on Sunday confirmed by Ms. Olive Kigongo, the President Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), Olive Kigongo who described the news of his death as a shock to the institution in which the late Musoke was serving as Vice President at the time of his passing.
“We are still in shock as UNCCI. I chatted with him from Seoul (the capital of South Korea) on Tuesday (June 21) where I had just arrived and he told me he had undergone intestinal obstruction surgery in Louisiana,” Kigongo said in a WhatsApp message she sent on the plane back home.
Besides being the Vice President, Musoke also served as director of the UNCCI, a major link that brings Ugandan businessmen and women to counterparts in other countries to exploit opportunities abound.
Samuel Majwega Musoke, who wore many hats, was holding a master’s degree in business administration (management) from Nkumba University.
According to Charles Batambuze, the executive secretary of the National Book Trust of Uganda, Musoke was a businessman, entrepreneur, and an educationist of high standing who taught in several schools before managing many education-related ventures.
He was the chief executive director of a group of publishing companies founded in seven East and Central African countries under the auspices of MK Publishers Ltd, a local publishing firm in Uganda.
The publishing firms founded under the MK brand name are: MK Publishers Ltd, the mother company in Uganda; MK Publishers (R) Ltd in Rwanda; MK Publishers Ltd in Zambia; MK Publishers Kenya Ltd, MK SEG, Burundi, MK Publishers Tanzania Ltd and MK Publishers, Ethiopia.
He was elected the chairman of the Uganda Publishers Association (UPA) in 2016.
Earlier, he was the Vice Chairman of UPA, a national association upholding the standards of book publishing in the country, from 1993 to 1996 and deputy secretary general 1989 to 1992.
Batambuze noted that Musoke’s avidity for education had soared into the position of the president of Avance International University in which he was a founder member.
Avance International University is a Ugandan-founded university, focusing on innovative learning for social and economic development.
He said Musoke was also a director in Axial International College that offers international education in Uganda at affordable cost.
He had also founded other companies in the realms of education, notably, MK Crown Academy, WR Consultant which links students to over 159 universities in the world and MK General School Supplies Ltd.
Musoke was also the founder of SDM Properties (U) Ltd, a property development company in Uganda, and the winner of the Uganda Businessman of the Year Award 2000 and also a winner of the 2003 International Award for Excellence and Business Prestige, New York.
He was also chairman of Mubende Farmers Association from 1989 to 1992.