July 14, 2017 Rotary International announces with profound grief that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam Owori, died last night.

President Ian Resley announced the sad news: "Sam had undergone some surgery in Texas that he had been planning for some time, and there were post-operative complications from which he couldn’t recover.   Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss".  Owori was chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Earlier, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.

Since becoming a Rotarian in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee.

Most recently, Owori served as Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Owori is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.

Sam was the first Ugandan and just the second Rotarian from Africa to be elected to the highest office of Rotary International.Memorial contributions in honor of PE Owari should be directed to the Sam F. Owari Memorial for Polio.

Various Ugandan newspaper reports indicate that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has authorised an official funeral for the late RIPE Sam Owori. The government will have consultations with the family, Rotary International and in due course the final details will be announced.

A tentative programme released today indicates that the body of Sam Owori will leave the US for Uganda on July 22 and will arrive at Entebbe Airport on Monday July 24.

On Wednesday, 26th July, the body will lay in state in parliament for public viewing and a tribute session later in the day. Thereafter, the body will be taken to his family home in Munyonyo, Kampala. The following day, on 27th July, there will be a funeral service at a venue to be announced by the family.

His body will then be taken to in Kidera Village in Tororo District on July 28 and burial is expected to take place on July 29.