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Katikkiro Set to Grace MakRun2018 as Chief Runner

  • In General
  • 5 Mar 2018 - 6:25pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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The Katikkiro of Buganda Ow’ekitiibwa Charles Peter Mayiga (C) shakes hands with Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) shortly after accepting the invitation to be the Chief Runner at MakRun2018. Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi (2nd L), Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (L) and Ms. Gloria Nakyeyune (R) formed part of the delegation to Bulange, Mengo on 5th March 2018. The Katikkiro graciously accepted Makerere University’s invitation and vowed to give his full support to the fundraising run.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Ow’ekitiibwa Charles Peter Mayiga has accepted the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF)’s invitation to grace the 2018 edition of the Makerere University Run (MakRun) as Chief Runner.

“I was humbled to receive the letter signed by the Makerere University Endowment Fund Board Chairman, Dr. Martin Aliker, I appreciate the thought and I am very happy to accept this invitation. As an alumnus, I am very proud of Makerere University and this is a great opportunity to give back to my alma mater” said the Katikkiro to the delegation led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The MakRun now in its second edition is one of the strategies by MakEF to raise funds for the University, and the construction of a state-of-the-art Students Centre is the flagship project. As final preparations get underway for the 25th March 2018 run, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe accompanied by the Principal, College of Education and External Studies (CEES) and Buganda Minister of Education and Sports-Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi, Director Planning and Development Department (PDD)-Dr. Florence Nakayiwa and Ms. Gloria Nakyeyune-PDD officially presented the Katikkiro with his MakRun kit on Monday, 5th March 2018 at his offices in Bulange, Mengo.

Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (2nd R) flanked by the Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (R), Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi (2nd L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (L) at the MakRun2018 Courtesy Call on the Katikkiro, Bulange, Mengo, Kampala Uganda

“Heading Makerere University is a prestigious position that comes with great responsibility, and I congratulate you upon being elected Vice Chancellor,” said the Katikkiro to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. “Despite all the challenges, Makerere is still the leading Higher Education Institution in the region and all the people I have talked to say that you are equal to the challenge. I have no doubt that you will overcome these challenges and take Makerere even greater heights” added Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga.

The Katikkiro further shared from his experience as a lawyer and employer that Makerere continues to produce graduates that have a sense of tradition, are unique and exhibit the quality demanded by the legal profession. “I commend the Management and staff upon setting the standard. Makerere has not lost its reputation as the top University and we must do all that we can to preserve its legacy and uphold its standards” said Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga.

In his remarks, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the Katikkiro for receiving his delegation in a grand way. He acknowledged the rich history between Makerere and Buganda and appreciated the Kingdom for donating the land upon which the University is built. “Makerere still occupies some land under the Buganda Land Board’s jurisdiction and we sincerely thank you the Katikkiro for your support in ensuring that we have a cordial working relationship with the Board” said the Vice Chancellor.

The Katikkiro of Buganda Ow’ekitiibwa Charles Peter Mayiga endorses the MakRun2018 on 5th March 2018, Bulange Mengo, Kampala Uganda

Prof. Nawangwe shared that one of the Halls of Residence for gentlemen was named after former Buganda Katikkiro Martin Luther Nsibirwa in appreciation of Buganda Kingdom’s support to the University. The Vice Chancellor further said that as the home to top brains in the country, Makerere is willing to partner with Buganda Kingdom; with the endorsement of the Katikkiro, to support development projects aimed at improving the welfare of its subjects in Buganda and all residents of Uganda.

Makerere University is one of the few leading institutions in the world that does not have its own Students Centre and Teaching Hospital. The purpose of our visit here today is to improve and increase collaboration between our two institutions and in particular ask you use all resources at your disposal to publicise the MakRun 2018 and raise funds for the Makerere University Endowment Fund” said Prof. Nawangwe.

After reviewing a brief video showcasing historical buildings such as the first Administration Block built in 1922 and innovations like the Kayoola electric bus, the Katikkiro thanked the Vice Chancellor and Makerere University for reaching out to him.

Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (R) presents the Buganda Kingdom Certificate to Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) as Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi (2nd L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (L) witness. The Katikkiro thanked Makerere University Council and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for purchasing certificates worth UGX1million and UGX500,000 respectively, Bulange, Mengo, Kampala Uganda

Commenting on the brief video, the Katikkiro said, “I saw an image of the first Main Building of 1922 and thought to myself, why not replicate this same design for the proposed Students Center? A careful observation shows that the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs in Namugongo mimics the design of the Kasubi Tombs. The architect replicated the design of the traditional palace of that age. That’s the idea and as an architect, I think this would be a fantastic concept for the Students Centre,” enthused the Katikkiro to the Vice Chancellor.

Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga then vowed to mobilise his people, including his fitness partners and office staff come and join him at the MakRun 2018. “I am proud of Makerere University. My children have gone through the Hill; as we used to call it, and so have almost all Members of the Lukiiko who are degree holders. As one who spent some of my early years residing on campus with my late sister Theresa Nanziri, who was murdered by the Amin regime, and later as a Goat, resident at University Hall, we have to keep Makerere’s fire burning brightly,” he said.

The Katikkiro also took the opportunity to thank Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi for promoting and enriching the Luganda vocabulary, as well as Kingdom educational activities. He thanked the Makerere University Council and Office of the Vice Chancellor for contributing to the Buganda Kingdom treasury by purchasing certificates worth UGX1million and UGX500,000 respectively. He also thanked the delegation for presenting him with the Mak necktie, as well as an assortment of university branded souvenirs.

Article by Public Relations Office

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