Makerere Now Gives Kibaki Law Doctorate


viagra dosage geneva; font-size: small;”>The University Council Thursday, see at its 123rd meeting, took the decision on the recommendation of the Senate.

Makerere publicist Ritah Namisango says the Council unanimously agreed to honour Kibaki for his distinguished contribution to public service at the national, regional and international levels especially in the areas of academic excellence, political, social and economic reforms.

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“According to the Makerere University Statute (XIII), there are three categories of Honorary Degree Awards namely the Doctor of Science awarded for academic contribution in the field of science, the Doctor of Letters for academic contribution in the humanities and the Doctor of Laws for Public Service and eminent statespersons,” Namisango elaborates.

Kibaki is an alumnus of Makerere, who graduated in 1955 with a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, History and Political Science.

The recommendation successfully passed through all the vetting procedures, according to Namisango.

Upon consideration of his excellent academic performance and teaching service in the then Department of Economics, satisfactory economic record, and laudable gender reforms aimed at empowering women across social and political spheres, two academic units namely the College of Business and Management Sciences and the School of Women and Gender Studies highly recommended Kibaki to receive this prestigious award.

Namisango says on studying the recommendation, both the Honorary Awards Committee and the University Senate observed that Kibaki has distinguished himself as a visionary statesman who has tirelessly promoted the social welfare and freedom in Kenya and the region.

Kibaki has also spearheaded economic development, gender and educational reforms and political cohesion in the Republic of Kenya.

The award is in accordance with Section 47 (i) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, which stipulates that the University Senate may consider conferring an Honorary Degree upon any person who has excelled in any sector of life as it may deem fit on the recommendation of an Honorary Degrees Committee established jointly by the Senate and the University Council.


While a student at Makerere, he served as the Chairman of the Kenya Students Association and also the Vice Chairman of the Makerere Students’ Guild. In 1955, he secured a postgraduate scholarship to the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) for a Bachelor of Science in Public Finance and graduated with a Distinction.

In 1958, President Kibaki returned to his alma mater-Makerere University as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics where he served until 1960.

He then returned to Kenya in December 1960 and became Executive Officer for the Kenya African National Union (KANU), a political party; he had helped found earlier in March of the same year.

Makerere University-his alma mater is privileged to have formed and nurtured his leadership, skills and competences. As such, Makerere is proud of Mwai Kibaki’s distinguished track record as a Pan-African nationalist; as one of the most brilliant and successful Ministers of Finance in Africa; and as one of the most intellectually accomplished Heads of State with an outstanding legacy in Kenya, East Africa and the African Continent.

Makerere University has since 2001 bestowed upon a select number of distinguished personalities who include President Yoweri Museveni, Prof. Andre Lillethun, Benjamin Mkapa and Dr. Joyce Moock.


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