Prof Walusimbi who is well known for taking Luganda, Ateso and Runyakitara among other Languages to Makerere University and promoting them nationwide is said to have died Tuesday afternoon after battling eye and leg complications for some time.
He was the first Ugandan to get a professorship in linguistics. Walusimbi was born on March 23, 1935, from a peasant family of Laban Sekasi and Eva Nagujja of Nakaseke.
He attended Timiina Primary School, Gayaza Primary School, Wampewo and Degeya Seventh Day P/S, where he completed junior secondary, according to a government newspaper, New Vision.Thereafter, he joined Aggrey Memorial Secondary School and Busoga College Mwiri, where he got a school certificate in 1956.He received a teacher’s certificate Grade 111, National Teachers College, Kyambogo in 1958, a certificate in teaching of English as a second language, Leicester University, England in 1962.
In 1969, he got a diploma in teaching of English as a second language, from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He completed a master’s degree in linguistics from the same university in 1971, and a PhD in the same field in 1976.