Arua, Uganda | NOW THEN DIGITAL — The West Nile region is grieving the loss of Twaha Agarile, a well-known businessman who passed away in Medipol Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. He had been undergoing treatment there for an extended period.
Uganda’s ambassador to Ankara confirmed Twaha’s death, and his body arrived in Uganda on Friday morning. The Karamoja affairs ministry, led by Mary Goretti Kitutu, along with friends and family, received the body at Entebbe International Airport.
Twaha, in his 40s, owned Nile Star Bus Company, serving the Yumbe-Arua-Kampala route and stepping in to meet transport needs after Gaagaa Bus Company shut down.
Medina Naham Ojale, from the ruling NRM party secretariat, praised Twaha as a “visionary businessman” whose contributions left a lasting impact in West Nile. She highlighted his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication, inspiring many in the region.
Locals remember Twaha for his kindness and generosity. He reportedly cared for over 50 orphans and supported many in need.
Twaha had been battling abdominal complications for about a year before his passing. Rasheed Oshino, a councillor in Arua central division, described him as a “fighter, an achiever, and idea-based person.”
Before starting Nile Star Bus Company, Twaha managed White Coaches, Bakulu Coaches, and water tracking during regional conflicts that brought South Sudanese refugees to Uganda from 2013.
Despite facing challenges like high taxation and managerial issues, Twaha’s bus company gained popularity for its top-notch customer care and routes, including one to the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
Following Twaha’s death, Nile Star Bus Company has temporarily suspended operations until Sunday.
His burial is scheduled for Saturday in his ancestral village, Eradiru, Rigbo Sub-county, Madi-Okollo District.