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Katikkiro Mayiga, Suruma to Fundraise for Mak Perimeter Wall

Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom and former finance minister Dr Ezra Suruma, have been selected to lead a fundraising drive to build a perimeter wall at Makerere University.
Dr Ezra Suruma, the Chancellor of Makerere University
Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom and former finance minister Dr Ezra Suruma, have been selected to lead a fundraising drive to build a perimeter wall at Makerere University.

At its special Executive meeting held on February 1, 2017, the Makerere University Convocation (MUC), an alumni body of former Makerere students, agreed that there was need to restore the positive image of Makerere aimed at cultivating a culture of giving.

Speaking to URN, the MUC publicist Dr. Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu said that the executive noticed that most of the alumni think that Makerere University Convocation is a haven for self-enrichment and aggrandisement as opposed to it being a forum for alumni to give back to the university that made them who they are today. 

“In order to restore this much needed image in mobilisation of Alumni, the executive agreed to establish a Fundraising board that is made up of meritorious and reputable senior citizens who are also Alma Mater,” Dr. Kamunyu said.

This fundraising board, according to Dr Kamunyu, would be a flagship body of the convocation that would aim in achieving the clear set objective of raising funds for building the much-anticipated Perimeter Wall.”  

The 13 member committee will be headed by Dr Suruma, who is also the university Chancellor and deputised by Katikkiro Mayiga famously known for rebuilding Kasubi Royal Tombs with his campaign dubbed Ettofaali. 

Other members include; Dr. Louis Kasekende, the Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Sam F. Owori, the in-coming Rotary International President, and former finance minister Hon. Maria Kiwanuka among others. 

Charles Mbiire, the Chairman Makerere University Holdings Company, Dr. Martin Aliker, Chairman Makerere University Endowment Fund and Mandela Group of Companies' chairman Haji Umar Mandela Ahmed are associate committee members.

Convocation leaders noted that past regimes attempted to mobilise funds from the Alumni community to support a hostel project which never materialised due to lack of transparency, and embezzlement of funds.

They hope to restore trust and to be more accountable to Alumni having established a Fundraising Board outside the current structure of the convocation.

“We believe that a Fundraising Board commissioned on behalf of Convocation will be in position to independently provide accountability to the stake holders during the perimeter wall project,” Dr. Kamunyu said.

Convocation plans to open up a Fundraising Bank Account where all funds mobilised shall be deposited and disbursed in an open and transparent manner.

President Museveni is expected officially unveil the first project stone at the official launch of the project in April this year.

Makerere University has in the past made attempts to secure the university with a perimeter wall fence.

Some of the attempts were made in 2006 when the university first contracted Compliant Engineering and Trade to construct parts of the wall at a cost of 619 million Shillings. However, a section of the wall collapsed while the construction was ongoing and the project was suspended.

This attracted the attention of the Public Accounts Committee of parliament which summoned the then Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof David Bakibinga and University Secretary Sam Akorimo to explain circumstances that led to the collapse of the wall fence.

Consequently, a number of attempts have been made by different groups to resurrect this plan but have all yielded unsubstantial results.

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