– Makerere University had announced it was planning to build institution called The William Ruto Leadership Institute
– The foundation stone was laid by Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, on Saturday, December 21
– The centre will establish an environment for flourishing study and debate on African languages and arts
– Scholars and observers, however, questioned the decision terming it absurd and abominable
Uganda’s Makerere University continues to receive backlash and sheer public ridicule after it announced it was planning build an institution in honour of Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto.
The university had on Saturday, December 21, named one of its yet-to-be constructed institute after Ruto, a move that was questioned by scholars and observers alike.
According to US-based Kenyan law professor, Maku Mutua, and former presidential aspirant Abduba Diba, it was an abominable act that could potentially water down achievements of the East Africa’s oldest university.
“A William Ruto Leadership Institute Makerere University is the most absurd and utterly inconceivable blunder in the history of higher education in Africa. Today Makerere University is the laughing stock of the world. I expect students, faculty and staff to quickly erase this abomination. Now,” noted Mutua.
The sentiments by the SUNY University lecturer were echoed by Dida in a snide reply.
“97 years of hard work and dedication to build an icon, watered down by greed and selfish ambitions. Of all the universities, it had to be Makerere! Why?” he responded.
The DP presided over the groundbreaking ceremony during which he thanked the institution for its kind gesture despite having never visited the university before.
University’s vice chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe explained the core business of the new centre will be to research into African political and social-economic challenges and also train visionary leaders for Africa.
It is also hoped the new institute will draw on the core strengths of diversity of disciplines and experience to develop and refine methodologies for the study of Africa.
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