About Kakira's Founder:
Muljibhai Prabhudas Madhvani - A Man of Great Vision
14th May 1894 - 11th July 1958
On a sunny day in Kakira in the 1940s, on a hill overlooking the pristine shores of Lake Victoria, Muljibhai Prabhudas Madhvani and his sons were having a heated argument. The senior Madhvani loved trees and although many had already been planted on his sprawling estate, he wanted to plant yet another mile of them - running through the marshes to the southern edges of his estate. The younger Madhvanis argued that while previously they had planted trees along estate roads, there wasn't even a footpath in the marshes to justify this grandiose project. But to all their opposition, Muljibhai had one answer: "Men are not stupid; one day there is going to be a road here".
And time would bear him out. True to his vision, the section of the Jinja-Iganga highway that runs through Kakira Sugar Works today follows the line of trees that he planted more than 50 years ago.
A man of great vision, Muljibhai arrived in Jinja in 1912 aged 18. With little more than brains and an outgoing personality, he set up his own trading concern - his first step into a business that would later account for 10% of Uganda's GDP. His is a story of a fearless man - decisive, devoted, endowed with intelligence and intuition. A man out of the ordinary. There was about him an aura of a creative power, which enabled him to conceive brilliant ideas and carry them to splendid fulfilment.
Following his humble business beginnings there was no looking back and Muljibhai went on establishing industry after industry, laying the foundation for Uganda's economic development. As his business prospered, Muljibhai was keen to care for the well-being and welfare of his employees and the community at large. He established many educational institutions throughout Uganda's towns with a view to sharing his good fortune with the country that had been so kind to him. His workers and their dependants have long enjoyed free education, housing and healthcare.
When Muljibhai passed away in 1958, he left behind an indelible imprint on Uganda.
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