M7 Attends Kibaki Law Doctorate Ceremony At Makerere


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seek geneva; font-size: small;”>Kibaki arrived at the University premises under tight security at around 10am.

According to a citation read by Dr. Dr. Grace Batebya-Kyomuhendo, Kibaki was honoured by the University in recognition of his contribution to public service at national, regional and international levels in areas of academic excellence, political and social economic reforms.

It was revealed he was the first to scoop a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

President Yoweri Museveni paid his tribute today at Makerere University Freedom Square during the awarding ceremony that was presided over by the Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Mondo Kagonyera.

President Museveni congratulated President Kibaki upon the special recognition. He was happy to note that the number and speed of innovations at the University has increased.

He paid special tribute to the young students and lecturers of the Institute of Technology for launching the Kiira electric car. He applauded them for utilizing well the funds which Government gave them in the enterprising venture.

He announced that government is to provide sh.200 million to promote the Departments of Science as well as Food and Technology. Mr. Museveni expressed pleasure to note that the 2 Departments have played a big role in the processing of millet and goose berries (entuntunu).

The President also commended lecturers from the Department of Languages who have assisted him in writing a Runyankore-Rukiga dictionary. He saluted Prof. Vanacious Baryamureeba for spear-heading the process of honouring President Kibaki and noted that by honoring the visiting President of Kenya, the University is doing a lot of work for academic excellence. He called on the University officials to utilize the alumni for the development of the institution.

In his acceptance speech, President Kibaki thanked the government and people of Uganda for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation since his arrival in the country.

He said that the Doctorate awarded to him is a great honor to him, his family and country Kenya. He noted that the honor is a reflection of the cordial relations being enjoyed between the people of Kenya and Uganda adding that Uganda is the number one trading partner with Kenya.

The Kenyan leader was pleased to note that many of his leadership skills were developed and nurtured at Makerere University.

He said that universities have the task of transforming the African countries adding that the process of transformation of Africa will be faster with the collaboration of the universities on the continent.

Kibaki said that the development of an electric car by Makerere University should be emulated as a good example for the cause of development and transformation. He stressed that Africa must industrialize and improve the welfare of the people quickly in order to fully appreciate the efforts expended in development.

Kibaki also challenged the young people to put their countries’ needs above all other interests.

The two Presidents also jointly inaugurated the Constituent Colleges of Makerere University.


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.

The University Council at its 123rd meeting held on December 2011, Makerere noted and unanimously adopted the proposal to honour Kibaki with a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa).

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.

He graduated in 1955 with a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, History and Political Science.

The recommendation to award H.E President Mwai Kibaki an honorary Doctor of Laws of Makerere University successfully passed through all the vetting procedures.

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 vetted the proposal and highly recommended Kibaki to receive this prestigious award.

On studying the recommendation, both the Honorary Awards Committee and the University Senate observed that Kibaki had distinguished himself as a visionary statesman who had 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.


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, according to the University’s publicist Ritah Namisango.

As such, Makerere is proud of 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. In December 2010 Makerere awarded the Doctor of Laws to President Yoweri Museveni. On the same day H.E Rashid Mfaume Kawawa was awarded Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) posthumously in recognition of his distinguished and outstanding public service as an eminent statesman.

On January 18, Professor Andre Lillethun was awarded the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) of Makerere University for his initiative and contribution to rehabilitation, capacity and competence building in physical sciences at the campus.

On November 27 2009, H.E Benjamin Mkapa was awarded the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) of Makerere University in recognition of his outstanding record of excellence in diplomacy, journalism, administration, governance; regional and global politics.


8:00am: Special Forces and police have today January 24 heightened security at Makerere University as Kenya President Mwai Kibaki prepares to receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws at the campus.

The ceremony is scheduled for today.

Police officers are seriously checking cars and persons entering the University premises while police trucks are patrolling the campus roads.

Kibaki arrived last evening. He was later received by President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Nakasero.

Museveni welcomed the Kenyan leader to Uganda and discussed with his guest issues related to education, investment as well as development issues in general. The two leaders also discussed bilateral matters concerning the two countries and the East African region as a whole.

Museveni told his guest that Kenyans in particular and East Africans generally are warmly welcome to invest in Uganda saying that the investment opportunities are available for them to tap into the Ugandan economy especially the fruit processing sector.

The meeting was attended by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Hon. Eriya Kategaya.

Kibaki was accompanied by the Kenyan Minister for East African Community Affairs, Musa Sirma and the Deputy Minister for Higher Education Margaret Kamara, among others.


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