East Africa

Uganda: Roko Construction founder Koehler dead

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A funeral service for Rainer Koehler, the chairman of construction giant – Roko Construction Ltd, will be held today at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, starting at 1pm.

Koelher, 82, died on Thursday last week at The Surgery, a clinic in Kololo, a Kampala suburb. He had been admitted there after complaining of an abrupt fever.

Mr Mark Koehler, Roko’s managing director, who is the deceased’s son, recounts: “On Thursday morning, he woke up and prepared to go to Kawempe, where the company’s headquarters is located. At about 7:45am, he suddenly told my mum that he was feeling feverish and asked to see a doctor. He was taken to The Surgery clinic. He was attended to and later given a bed to rest. While on the bed, he suffered a heart attack and died.”

Mr Mark said much as his father had a history of heart complications, he seemed to have recovered. “His heart had been operated on a couple of years ago, but prior to his death, he was doing well. We were caught unawares. In fact, he was getting compliments from his friends about how healthy he appeared,” Mark said.

 

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