A woman who died after being hit by a motorbike on Great Junction Street has been described as a “Ugandan Mother Teresa” who helped build two orphanges in her home country.
Flavia Tumwijukye, 51, from the Kabale Kinkizi district of Uganda. died in the collision with around 11.50am last Friday. She had been visiting the Capital at the time.
The 23-year-old motorcyclist was also taken to hospital, however his condition is not serious.
The family of Ms Tumwijukye have today paid tribute to her in a statement issued via Police Scotland, highlighting her achievements as “an invaluable daughter and ambassador” to Uganda.
They said: “The family of Flavia Pamela Tumwijuke is devastated by the sudden death of their daughter, sister, aunty, grandmother and friend to so many people in UK and Uganda in East Africa.
“Flavia met her untimely death while on her visit to Edinburgh on September 27, 2013, a city she loved and has visited before for the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Tattoo.
“Her death has left a great void in the lives of so many.
“She has been attending a college in London. While in the UK, she worked part time with South Mead Hospital Bristol where her colleagues called her ‘Mama Pam’, a very kind and generous lady whose actions were not influenced by anything other than to help another human beings anywhere in any way possible.
“She has been described by the families of the people she extended kindness to as a Ugandan Mama Teresa. Her employers have described her as flexible, tolerant, honest, and trustworthy. During training for care work, her assessors found her confident in her own abilities and conducted herself in the very professional manner throughout.
“The Uganda government will remember her as a good citizen and practising Christians who with her little salary is credited for having founded and built two schools for orphans... she had a passion for the education and betterment of the people, her community and even the British community of which she has been a part the last ten years of her life.
“The country of Uganda has lost an invaluable daughter and ambassador.
“May God rest her soul in peace.”