The First Lady and Minister for Education, viagra Janet Museveni has described St. Lawrence Schools’ proprietor Prof. Lawrence Mukiibi as a humble patriot who had deeds while on earth.
The Minister was Wednesday speaking at the requiem mass of the deceased professor, approved held at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala.
“I remember while Minister for Karamoja, online he gave 10 scholarships for children in the area annually to study from his schools,” Janet Museveni said of Prof. Mukiibi.
“He shared willingly what he had as he showed an example of being simple, creating wealth and serving our nation.”
The education minister applauded the late professor for being a great pillar in the education system of the country and region at large.
“He was a true embodiment of an educationist that we must thank God for his life.”
Former students at the late’s schools praised his mentorship skills that they owed to their success.
“He always taught us to be determined, smart, hardworking and dedicated, “Sarah Ssentongo, the principal banking officer at Bank of Uganda said of the late.
“He always believed in empowering students to discover their potential.”
The St. Lawrence alumni described Prof. Mukiibi as one who availed everyone an opportunity to impact the wider communities.
Referred to as Papa, Daddy and Principal among other titles by his students, Prof . Mukiibi was also referred to as an educationist, friend and teacher.
“He was a symbol of humanity and selflessness who shared meals with his students in the dinning hall,” said Irene Mutebi, the head teacher London College, who spoke on behalf of her fellow school heads.
“He was a simple man who never wanted to be exalted as being high though he was one. He embraced and loved organisation in every place.”
Justine Tulina, one of the deceased’s children said their dad taught them to always be simple on welcoming everyone who came his way.
Kampala’s Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala who led the service at Rubaga Cathedral said Prof. Mukiibi’s death paralysed the entire country and region at large partly because of his achievements.
“By the time we achieve East African integration, we will have people speaking Luganda (local dialect) in every country because of his schools,” Cardinal Wamala said.
“He has been a pillar in the education system in the country and the neighborhood.”
At exactly 10 am, the all-white casket containing the body was carried by officials from A-Plus funeral company also dressed in white through a guard of honor mounted by students from his schools to the entrance to Rabaga Cathedral.
The entourage was being led by the St. Lawrence school jazz band that played along as the casket was slowly being moved.
At the entrance to the cathedral, the rite of receiving the body was performed by the Rubaga administrator Fr. John Mary Bbuye before the body was entered inside the place of worship.
The guard of honor was again mounted by students as the casket containing the body was leaving the cathedral to the waiting funeral service vehicles.
Born in 1948, Prof. Mukiibi went to Kyansi and St. Leo primary schools before joining St. Francis Xavier Villa Maria in Masaka for his junior one and two .
He studied his secondary at St. Benard Kisowera in Masaka from S.1 to S.6 before joining Makerere university from 1971 to 1976.
Prof. Lawrence Mukiibi has been the proprietor of St. Lawrence Schools and Colleges in various parts of the country.
He in July last year got an accident while driving to Horizon Campus of St. Lawrence along Kampala Masaka road and it is believed that cause of his death could have stemmed from the accident .