One of the giants from the Sebei sub-region, Johnson Bartile Toskin, is no more. The former MP, headmaster, RDC and spymaster died in a motor crash on the Iganga-Tirinyi highway on Sunday.
In native Sebei, an adage goes that the size of a tree is best measured when it falls.
It is then that the thud, the effect on those beneath, and its length is fully appreciated. And such is the case for the late, Kongasis County MP, Johnson Bartile Toskin.
When Bartile and family left Malaba where he had stopped over to meet relatives as he travelled from Kitale, Kenya, enroute to Kampala on Sunday, all wished him a safe journey.
Nothing, a relative who was with them in Malaba says, would suggest that the maroon Suzuki Escudo he was travelling in was destined for ill fate. Unfortunately, that was the last they would see of the teacher cum politician, God-loving and patient man alive.
Born and raised in Amanang, Bukwo District on April 15, 1951, Bartile’s crash in Iganga District on Sunday evening is one that has sent a chilling silence laced with pain across Sebei. From the emotive responses on social media and social gatherings, the death is akin to the ire that one gets when hit below the belt.
“His death is one that has hit us really hard. Everyone in Sebei is tongue-tied. It is extremely hard to find someone so understanding, warm-hearted and loving like him,” says Christopher Lakwey, a relative.
He adds: “He would be called to Bukwo in case of a problem and he drives from Kampala immediately. Even after returning to Kampala and there was an emergency in Bukwo the next day, he would arrange and return to his district the next day.”
A symbol of unity
A husband, a father, a businessman, he is widely known in Sebei sub-region as a “man of peace” for his peace and reconciliation efforts.
Nelson Sabila, the man who defeated Bartile in the 2011 polls, is full of praise for the fallen leader.
“He was a very honest leader. Peace loving and humble. Toskin mentored us politically and otherwise. He is responsible for the peace prevailing in Bukwo and Sebei at large. As a family and district, we dearly miss him,” he says.
As if that is not enough, Sabila says Bartile, who was his first head teacher in Amanang Secondary School in the 1980s, was a man who never kept grudges. Sabila hounded him out of Parliament, but Bartile continued guiding him in various spheres and Sabila has paid the treat in almost equal measure; he has - together with leaders from Sebei - been pivotal in the burial arrangements.
Bartile’s leadership stature did not fall out of the blue. It is one whose foundation was well-laid and structures well-knit – his deeds, after all, tell it all. Behind the humble, composed and baritone-voiced man was a history laden with service to the community......to read more click here
UPDATES BY GEORGE TOSKIN, 3PM 10th June 2015--FUNERAL AND BURIAL ARRANGEMENT- "Vigil will continue at his residence in Kirinya, Bweyogerere. On Wednesday 10th June 2015 the Body will lay overnight at his residence in vigil in Kirinya, Bweyogerere. On Thursday 11th June 2015 there will be a requiem mass at Kireka Miracle Center from 9:00 AM and later that same day at 12:00 PM, the body will be transported to Kololo Airstrip to be Airlifted to Bukwo District by UPDF Military Chopper courtesy of our President Museveni. On Friday 13th June 2015 vigil while the body lays at his home in Bukwo District. Burial will be on Saturday 14th June 2015 at his home in Bukwo District. Thank you all for your kindness and support.
Update: 12AM, 9 June 2015 Sebei (Uganda): Former Kongasis Member of Parliament, Bartile Jackson Toskin, is reported dead. Parliament in a tweet said the MP was killed in a road accident that happened in Iganga district. Bartile served on both the 6th & 8th Parliament. According to reports, Bartile’s driver lost control of the car they were travelling in and entered a trailer truck. Bartile’s wife who was with him at the time of the accident was also injured. She was rushed to Mulago hospital for treatment. Bartile was a member of Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association. Together with the late ambassador Sam Sakajja, Bartile opened Amanang Secondary School in 1982 in Bukwo District....Source click here.
9AM, 8 June 2015 Sebei (Uganda): Former MP of Bukwo's Kongasis constituency, Hon. Johnson Bartile Toskin passed away after being involved in a fatal road accident on their way back from attending a burial of mother-in-law in Kitale (Kenya). He was accompanied with his wife and daughter Stella who survived the accident with injuries and are undergoing treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. The accident occurred last night at Tirinyi road, Naggalama (Iganga District).
SIDO News Network extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of the bereaved and the entire Sabaot Community for the loss of our esteemed leader. We also pray for the quick recovery of Mrs Toskin and her daughter Stella...................to read more click here
KOTAP SABINY SACCO LAUNCHED. Author: Bera Chepsikor; Posted: 4th June 2015.
Sebei (Uganda): A new dawn of development beckons as KotapSapiny SACCO is launched. This happened during a thanks giving ceremony hosted in honor of the new Sebei Diocese Bishop-Rev. Paul Masaba Kiptoo. The thanksgiving and SACCO launch was organized by ‘Kampala Community’ (Sapiny people living in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja) at Namboole-East of Kampala. The purpose of KotapSapiny SACCO is to develop Sapiiny people spiritually and economically. The initiative hopes to impact and stir development in Sebei region. The community elected an interim committee to steer the SACCO. The committee members are:- Peter Kamalingin Peter as Chairperson, Aliwa Edward as Vice Chairperson, Ayoyi Ambrose- Secretary, Runge Ruth- Treasurer, Bonny Barashaki- legal adviser, Chekweko Jackson- member, Rev Canon Moses Bushendich- member, Juliet Cheboyeyin- member and Sylvia.......................to read more click here.
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Mt. Elgon, Bungoma County (Kenya) - Former civic leaders from Mt Elgon Constituency in Bungoma County have faulted Deputy President, William Ruto for sidelining members of the Sabaot community in Jubilee government appointments. Led by Former Mt Elgon County Council Chairman, Bismarck Bokose, the leaders claimed members of their ethnic group have been snubbed in the state appointments despite having overwhelmingly supported the coalition in the last polls......to read more click here.
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This is the second case after a woman gave birth to a seven-kilogramme baby in Samia subcounty in 2014. Nangina Mission Hospital CEO Dr Ben Oriko said the woman delivered the baby via caesarean section. “She was brought in by her relatives but when I noticed her condition, I immediately alerted the health team to prepare to handle the case,” he said.
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Who are the Sabaots?
The Sabaots tribe is one of the nine sub-tribes of the Kenyan Kalenjin tribe. The other eight Kalenjin sub-tribes are: Sengwer, Tugen, Terik, Keiyo, Kipsigis, Pokot, Marakwet and Nandi who live in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The Sabaots are the authentic Kalenjin tribe and hence they are commonly referred as "Kapkugo" by the other Kalenjin sub-tribes. The Sabaot community is comprised of six sub-dialects namely: 1.Bookok (Book), 2. Somek, 3. Mosopishok (Mosop), 4. Konjak (Kony), 5. Bong'omek (Bungoma), and 6. Sabinjak (Sebei)........click here to read more.
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