Kibaki Commends Makerere’s Spirit of Excellence
Retired President Mwai Kibaki has given Makerere University the go-ahead to have the proposed Centre for Leadership, Public Finance and Policy as well as the East African Presidential Library on the Campus grounds named after him.
He was hosting a high-powered delegation from the Ugandan university who paid him a courtesy call in Nairobi.
The delegation led by the University chancellor, Prof George Kagonyera, comprised the University Council chairman, Dr. Charles Etyem and Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu briefed the former President, who is one of the institution’s most distinguished alma mater, the various developments being undertaking in Makerere in its expansion endeavours. The delegation requested the former Head of State to consider accepting to have his name associated with one of Africa’s most renowned universities.
Kibaki said the proposed Centre for Leadership, Public Finance and Policy and the East African Presidential Library would enhance the knowledge and the common good of the region and its people.
He observed that the one universal challenge that confronts humanity right across the world revolves around the desire to progressively improve its wellbeing and make life on earth more bearable. The academia owes the world a huge obligation in this arena. He told them, “At the heart of your preoccupation as the top management of Makerere University, is to continuously find it worthy to keep expanding the frontiers of knowledge.
“As one of Makerere’s alma mater, I am proud of the progress the university has made so far and the future plans Makerere intends to implement in the days to come.”
Describing the essence of his alma mater as the Makerere Spirit, Kibaki praised the University, where he once studied and taught, for carving for itself a place of honour in the East African region and, indeed, across the whole continent over the years.
He noted observed with pride that the institution has never tired of seeking greater excellence over its many years of existence and that along the way, it has settled into an academic culture that has gradually offered a benchmark for Africa’s aspirations in university education.
Kibaki encouraged the leadership of Makerere to remain focused on the spirit and letter of institution in order to ensure it remains a Centre of Reference in tertiary education in Africa