Kabale University, for the first time awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees to four eminent people that have made numerous contributions to the development of Kigezi Sub-region in the education, political, academia and business spheres.
Celebrated 92 year old author of Rukiga books and educationalist Festo Karwemera was awarded a doctorate in literature, State Minister of regional cooperation Dr. Philemon Mateke was awarded a doctorate in liberal Arts and philosophy; business mogul James Musinguzi Garuga was awarded a doctorate in business and Prof. Peter Ndindirwe Mugyenyi the co – founder of the Joint Clinical Research Centre was awarded a doctorate of science in Medicine.
Presiding over the event, the Chancellor of the 12 year old university Prof George Mondo Kagonyera praised the four for their contributions to the region.
One of the recipients James Musinguzi Garuga said he was “not in the habit of accepting free degrees,” noting that on three occasions some universities in the country invited him for the same and he turned them down. He however, said the offer by Kabale University was a great honor and irresistible.
Prime Minister Dr Livingston Ruhakana Rugunda, who was the guest of honor challenged universities to embrace courses that equip skills to students and create more job creators than seekers.
Dr Rugunda, citing an example of the introduction of the new faculty of agriculture at the university, noted that people in Kigezi region should welcome such arrangements.
He said the faculty would help in agricultural research which in turn would act as a base for modern agriculture thus improving agricultural productivity in the region and the country.