A Tribute to Mr. Everest Kayondo

Article written by Lydia Mirembe, Manager Corporate and Public Affairs, URBRA.  


The Covid19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in Uganda, with 83,636 cases reported, and as of 05th July, 1,939 deaths. It is especially hard-hitting when you start putting faces and names to the statistics.

For the Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA), Covid19 on 23rd June 2021 claimed an ambassador, a resourceful person who put matters of retirement planning and saving high on
the agenda. Covid19 robbed the pensions sector of Mr. Everest Kayondo.

Mr. Kayondo was a seasoned businessman with nearly 40 years’ experience. He was the Managing Director of Ever Based Tours &Travel Ltd. He had been chairman of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) since 2010, and a Trustee of the KACITA Uganda Provident Fund, which was established and operationalized in March 2019.

Getting people to voluntarily save for retirement is a daunting task. It requires intense, unceasing public education. It requires change in mindsets and behaviors. For a saving culture to grow, it requires role models and champions, and it is something of a decadal process. So, when URBRA got an ambassador like Mr. Kayondo, we hoped that he would be with us long enough to see the fruits of his tireless efforts.

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