I remember so well how the Namutamba Community would always observe Boxing Day at Kabungo Play Field and during that time a number of activities would take place which promoted togetherness of the members of the community. The Namutamba Community; one would say consists of those from Kiwanda (home of Namutamba Teachers’ College and Namutamba Demonstration School), Kabungo village members, Luwonvu, Kamuzingizza, Kyetume Village, Mbiiro village, Butumbizzi village, to mention some. These community mobilizations were possible because of the culture that the Lea Wilson’s had cultivated in the area. They were the focal point of the development in this area, as the Tea Estate and dairy farm they owned had a number of employees mostly the Baganda and Banyarwanda of Rwandese origin. The drive by the Lea Wilson’s who owned the Estate is greatly behind the Namutamba Spirit or civilization. It was a very effective community mobilization for development. The estate attracted a number of employees such that the economy of Namutamba greatly depended on the income generated by Namutamba Tea Estate and Diary Farm and it is this that provided many of the parents in the locality means of survival.
I recall during holidays when we could go to Butumbizzi the home of the Lee Wilson’s and the holiday makers could enjoy sports including in door games. Talk of discrimination, Lea Wilson loved the people of Uganda who were not only his employees but brothers given the way he treated them. I remember many of the employees of Lea Wilson had some land near where they resided where they grew food. Those days food was no problem as is the case for many households today.
It is equally important to remember Lea Wilson’s role with members of the Saved Community under Church of Uganda. His role and interaction made Namutamba the home of the Saved people of Uganda. I remember when the Late Bishop Kivengere visited Namutamba and did preach, it was great and indeed memorable. Because many people were saved more so those employed by Lea Wilson, the crime rate was generally low, and people lived much more in a brotherly way.
THE COMMUNITY OF NAMUTAMBA PARTLY REPRESENTED BY THE IMAGES BELOW HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE LEE WILSON'S