Sunday, 2 June 2019

I WILL REMEMBER PROF. APOLO NSIBAMBI FOR OPENLY BEING OPPOSED TO REMOVAL OF PRESIDENTIAL AGE LIMIT









Apolo Nsibambi 1940-2019


President Yoweri Museveni  on May 29 visited the home of the late Premier Apolo Nsibambi at Bulange Mengo.
Museveni said he first met Nsibambi while still in the bush and he (Nsibambi) was introduced as a great monarchist.
The President praised Nsibambi as a person who contributed immensely to the development of Uganda and bridged the gap between Buganda and the Central government.
“Nsibambi as a monarchist worked hard to bridge the gap between the bush war fighters who had just captured the power and leading the central government and the Mengo government”, Museveni said
He said the deceased led the committee to negotiate the return of Buganda property. “He put a brick on bridging the gap between us the fighters and Mengo,” the President added.
“He has been doing it for a long time since we came to government and he did a great job making us understand the monarchy,” Museveni added.
Prof Nsibambi, who was battling high blood pressure and cancer, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Bulange Kampala at the age of 78.
“God created death,” said Museveni, “What matters is what contribution did you make to society when you were alive,” he said.
He applauded Esther Nsibambi for taking good care of her husband since the death of his first wife almost 20 years ago.
“I talked to him three weeks ago. But that’s life. God has decided there is nothing we can do. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he concluded.
Burial Programme
Geoffrey Zziwa, the family spokesperson said Nsibambi’s body will this Friday be moved from a funeral home to Parliament where lawmakers will pay their last respects to the former academic and bureaucrat.
Nsibambi’s body will be taken to his residence for vigil and prayers on Monday, June 3.
On Tuesday, May 4, a church service will be held at Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe starting at 9:00 am till 1:00 pm.
His remains will later be laid to rest at Buloba at 4:00 pm.
Profile
Nsibambi went to King’s College Buddo, Makerere University, the University of Chicago, the University of Nairobi and the University of London.
He also taught at Makerere University and in 1987, Nsibambi served as the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at the same university from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987 he was appointed the head of the Department of Political Science at the university, a position he held until 1990.
He became the Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in 1994, serving in that capacity until 1996.
Between 1996 and 1998, he served as Minister of Public Service. In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Education and Sports, serving in that capacity until 1999 when he was appointed Prime Minister.
In May 2011, during a caucus meeting, he got to learn he had been replaced by Amama Mbabazi as Prime Minister. Consequently, he addressed the media and thanked President Museveni for the time he spent in the office.
  

There is glowing tribute to Uganda’s longest-serving Prime minister, Prof Apolo Robin Nsibambi. Nsibambi who served as prime minister from 1999 until 2011, died at his home in Rubaga division on Tuesday evening.
President Yoweri Museveni said on Twitter; “I have learnt of the untimely passing of the former prime minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. He was a true patriot and great academic. The country will miss him.”
Museveni’s message said he had instructed current prime minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to lead a team that will ensure that Nsibambi gets a befitting send-off.
Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao in a Twitter message also paid tribute to the deceased; “I’m saddened to learn of the death of former prime minister Prof Apolo Nsibambi. I convey my condolences to his family and also to all Ugandans. An accomplished academic who transitioned smoothly into the political arena, Nsibambi served with integrity, dignity and class. RIP”
Ramathan Ggoobi, a policy analyst, researcher and lecturer of economics at Makerere University Business School said; “You want a true definition of a professor? Apolo Robin Nsibambi. Rest In Peace Prof. Your soul must already be in heaven; you always kept time.” 
A message from ministry of Health said the minister deeply regrets the passing of the former premier. "...Nsibambi will always be remembered as a great orator, academician and an intellectual leader. May his soul rest in eternal peace."
Early life
The late Nsibambi was born on October 25, 1940. He attended King's College Budo for his high school education and held a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with honors from the Makerere University under London University.
He also held a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Chicago in the United States. His Doctor of Philosophy degree was obtained from the University of Nairobi. Professor Nsibambi was married to the late Rhoda Nsibambi who died at 62 in 2001. He later married Esther Nakiboneka Kabuuza with whom he has been living until his demise.
Time at Makerere
Nsibambi became the first non Head of State chancellor of Makerere University following the enactment of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act.
He was chancellor of Makerere from 2003 to 2007. His four-year tenure as chancellor of Uganda’s largest university was rewarding but had turbulent times marked by several strikes. In October 2007 he talked to URN about his time as a chancellor.
"I feel like greatly privileged to serve Makerere as chancellor. I enjoyed job satisfaction when I served Makerere." he said.
"I came to the top of my career, I enjoyed carrying out research, I enjoyed teaching, publishing articles. So it has been a great opportunity to pay back my academic debt to Makerere University. But there have also been other problems like indiscipline. Strikes encouraging students to loot their neighbouring areas. I was greatly disgusted by this thuggery. And let me hope that this kind of thuggery will be stumped out of existence. I was more than disgusted by students looting innocent areas during strikes." he added. 
"Makerere has some internal problems like any other university. It has problems of quality, large numbers, members of staff not getting adequate salary. But Makerere is still a viable institution. It has not died as alleged. And I'm delighted to having been given the first non-Head of State to preside over this great institution may the Almighty bless Makerere University.”
Before joining cabinet as minister of Education, Public Service and later prime minister, Nsibambi held various positions at Makerere from lecturer to dean of faculty of Social Sciences. He was also the director of Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR). Nsibambi was a gifted orator who diligently steered parliament as the leader of government business. His role was quite evident especially when Uganda decided to return to multiparty politics.
He was loved across the political divide. Despite heated debates on the floor of parliament, he would be seen talking to members of the opposition and the ruling NRM at the parliamentary foyer at times bursting into prolonged laughter.
He was found of asking parliament to avoid what he termed as "political lugubriousness" which earned him the moniker "Mr Lugubrious” in the parliamentary circles.
At the peak of the disagreements on the floor of parliament, Nsibambi would plead with the then speaker, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, his then deputy Rebecca Kadaga and the leader of the opposition, Prof Ogenga Latigo for a retreat.
Nsibambi’s death comes at the time when there is a heated debate about the need to amend the constitution to strop MPs of powers to determine their emoluments.
This debate has been on since 2006. This is what Nsibambi said in 2006 when the matter came up at the floor of parliament. Nsibambi appeared to have been contradicting the position of Ssekandi. Ssekandi had insisted that parliament would retain the powers to determine its emoluments. Nsibambi would diplomatically drive his point home.
"Our argument was that if you have an independent body, if it increases our emoluments and gratuity, then we will not be vulnerable but the honorable members of parliament rejected that proposal. I would like you to think about it. I don’t want to antagonize my speaker but I want to inform you firmly but humbly that an independent commission is better than the current arrangement." Nsibambi said. 
Nsibambi the Church man
Nsibambi loved church faithfully. He was at St Paul’s Cathedral every morning says Olive Nakatudde, a journalist who had witnessed him and his wife, “Esther” as he fondly introduced her to the members of the congregation.
“He would walk in quietly. He was not kind of a leader that could show a lot of power around him. He did not enter with an armed guard in church yet he had one. He was down to earth person and quite approachable” said Nakatudde.
Apolo and Esther Nsibambi’s absence from church would always be noticed and it had been a practice for the clergy to announce why they were not in attendance.
“For the past two months he has not been attending church, He was respected member of St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe. He would attend the Luganda service that starts at 10:30am.
“And he would always grant interviews to journalists. He would jokingly say you journalists why don’t you let me rest since I’m in retirement? He would hold your hand through the corridors of church then allow to be interviewed.”

Professor Apolo Robin Nsibambi-Former Chancellor


Right Honourable Apolo Robin Nsibambi was the first non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, a position he served from his appointment in October 2003 to October 2007. Prof. Nsibambi also served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda from 5th April 1999 to 24th May 2011.
He taught at Makerere University during the 1960s and thereafter served as the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987. He was appointed Head of the Department of Political Science at Makerere University in 1987, a position he held until 1990. He was Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) from 1994 to 1996.
Between 1996 and 1998, he served as Minister of Public Service in the Uganda Cabinet. In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Education and Sports, serving in that capacity until 1999 when he was appointed Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business.
On 11th August 2009 while serving as Prime Minister, Prof. Nsibambi together with other dignitaries graced celebrations organised by Makerere University in honour of Prof. Ali Mazrui. On that occasion, Prof. Nsibambi in his distinct style described his alma mater as an intellectual cradle for Ali.A. Mazrui.
On 30th May 2014, Prof. Nsibambi delivered the Keynote Address at the Bernard Onyango Inaugural Public Lecture and outlined eight universal characteristics of integrity that he proposed should be emulated. These are:
1.    Know that it is the little things which count (attention to detail);
2.    If you mess up, confess the mistake and correct it (accountability);
3.    Keep your word (trust);
4.    Care about the greater good, i.e. the good of the institution and not the good of the individual;
5.    Be honest and modest;
6.    Act like you are always being watched by others;
7.    Bring close to you those of similar virtues and talents, and
8.    Do not be detracted provided you know you are on the right path.
Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi passed away on Tuesday, 28th May 2019 at his home in Bulange, Mengo, Kampala. Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi was a stickler for time, excellence, integrity and a host of other admirable characteristics. We thank God for his life and may his soul rest in eternal peace.
Please see the links below for more on the life of Prof. Nsibambi at Makerere University:
























































































































































































































































































































Sunday, 31 March 2019

LAY CANON GODFREY NJAGALA, WE SHALL GREATLY MISS YOU




Lay Canon Godfrey Njagala is a former student of Namutamba Teahers’ College as a Grade II teacher. He started off his teaching career at Namutamba Demonstration School. He is a model of those people who have devoted their lives to see greater heights. This he has been able to achieve by going for higher studies to the extent that he currently holds a Masters degree which qualified him to lecture at Makerere University. He is a Radio Person today, and uses the radio to further the word of God. He earned the title of Canon given his abilities in preaching the word of God. As a Head teacher at Makerere High, he was behind the innovation of grown ups going for further education at the level of Ordinary and Advanced Certificate of Education. He is good at guidance of students and Christians. We thank him for promoting Namutamba beyond Namutamba. 




REST IN PEACE MY FORMER MATHEMATICS TEACHER CANON GODFREY NJAGALA.
I called on the home of Canon Godfrey Njagala at Komamboga on March 11, 2019. I was told that the Canon led the early morning prayer. He said, “God, help me regain my strength”.
Unfortunately, God’s plan has been different. He instead called him around midday, Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Canon Njagala while a primary teacher at Namutamba Demonstration School from the late 1960’s (1969 onwards) inspired us so much. He among other things trained us very well in Mathematics.
We thank God that he was able to do his first degree at Makerere University in the 1980’s.
He has taught so many. He was Head Teacher at Makerere High and has had a number if roles in academic institutions.
We thank God that he got saved and eventually earned the title of Canon under Church of Uganda. He has done mission work on Radio more so Star FM.
Canon Godfrey Njagala, you have left us the challenge as an educator, a hardworking man, and a missionary.
May the good Lord reward you abundantly.
PROGRAM TO BURIAL OF CANON NJAGALA:

1. On Sunday, March 31, 2019
The body will be taken home to Komamboga for a Church Service starting at 4.00pm and Vigil.

2. On Monday, April 1, 2019, the body of Canon Njagala will be taken to Namirembe Cathedral for a Funeral Service starting at 10.00am, there after, they will proceed to Busense Masaka ancestral home.

3. Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 burial at Busense Masaka ancestral home at 2.00pm.
Canon Njagala weraaba.



LAY CANON GODFREY NJAGALA AT MAKERERE HIGH SCHOOL

Canon Godfrey Njagala a former head teacher of Makerere High school strongly believed in discipline as the only sure way through which students could excel in their academics and so he became so tight on matters of discipline considering the fact that the school was located right at the city Centre in Wandegeya.
In fact it was through his tight hands on discipline that the school always posted very excellent results whenever they sat for Uganda advanced certifi cate of education. This excellent performance has been maintained in both Arts and sciences in both O’ and A’ level. In 2017 for example, 56% of the students who sat S.4 scored Division one and 44% got division two while in A ’level 80% got at least two principal passes while 20% got one principal pass.
The success of the school during his time was tremendous. He groomed students strongly with discipline and Christian virtues through a very strong scripture union program.
When Makerere high school merged with Migadde College it became a much bigger job because it was on a big piece of land, better infrastructure and it was a boarding school, the merger was only inevitable because Kampala then had become less common for schools. Uganda’s political environment then was very good and vibrant leading to the most profound years of the school, Mzee Kisubika adds.
CONTINUING

Friday, 8 March 2019

BUBU-BUY UGANDA BUILD UGANDA POLICY

  1. Background
HE the President has severally directed that all Government Minisries, Departments and Agencies must procure goods and services locally whenever appropriate in order to support the local enterprises and also as one strategy to transform our country into a middle income status.
In pursuit of the same Directive, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives formulated the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy which was approved by Cabinet in October 2014.
  1. Objective of BUBU
The Policy is aimed at “promoting the consumption of locally produced goods and services”.
The policy aims at increasing the consumption of local products through public procurement and encouraging the Private Sector to consume locally originating products thus increasing the participation of the locally established firms in domestic trade.
  1. The BUBU Implementation Strategy
The Strategy was finalized in June 2016 to chart a way to achieve the BUBU Policy objectives. It spells out five broad strategic objectives namely;
  • To take stock of the local producers and improve their capacity to supply
  • Enhance the quality and competitiveness of local products and services
  • Increase efficiency and participation of local producers in public sector procurement
  • Increase the visibility of local products in local outlets
  • Increase awareness about the BUBU Policy
  1. Why Uganda needs BUBU
  • The implementation of the Policy is crucial for the country to attain the middle income status
  • It is a landmark policy which if successfully implemented will change the fortunes of local producers and suppliers of domestic products
  • BUBU will enhance the competitiveness of local products
  • BUBU will boost the growth of MSMEs which form the biggest percentage of the Private Sector (90%)
  • BUBU will contribute enormously to employment and solve the unemployment problem.
  1. Sectors/Products and Services for BUBU
BUBU Policy will focus on the following sectors/products in the first three years of implementation;
  1. Construction; for roads, railways and dams
  2. Textiles
  3. Leather and footwear
  4. Furniture
  5. Stationary
  6. Pharmaceuticals
  7. Foods and beverages
  8. Electronics
  9. Oil and Gas
Services
  1. Consultancies
  2. Insurance
  3. Legal services
  4. Accountancy services

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

The theme: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change




The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.
Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
Echoing the CSW63 Priority theme, IWD 2019 will look to industry leaders, game-changing start-ups, social entrepreneurs, gender equality activists, and women innovators to examine the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality, encourage investment in gender-responsive social systems, and build services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls. On 8 March 2019, join us as we celebrate a future in which innovation and technology creates unprecedented opportunities for women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems, efficient services and sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and gender equality.


THE SMACK - NAMILYANGO RIVALRY


Charles Musisi an Old Boy of Namilyango writes, “The beef .. as they call it is historical .. its a nice brotherly rivalry though, and from what we have come to know at some point the brothers of kisubi were asked by the Mill Priests to take over running of Namilyango College, and this they did for a few years - the other rivalry is something for that I see arising out things of our own making through sports academics, inter school relationships (esp. .. girls schools etc ..)
Musisi further says, “So, apart from some undisciplined elements on both sides over the years, it is a brotherly rivalry which quickly goes away after school .. like in our case when we turn up at campus some of my best friends are SMACK boys who happen to be plentiful in my engineering class .. and I see so many of such relationships across the other professions .. so, its one of things like you see among football supporters for instance .. its mostly for the fun of it ..”

School's Rugby report
SMACK CRUSHES OUT EARLY AND BITTERLY..... AS OLD FOES HAVE THE LAST LAUGH.
As observed by one fan who was quoted saying "Namilyango vs St. Mary's college Kisubi is one of Uganda's greatest sporting rivalries...." and indeed so, the sourest of competitions on the rugby field and the greatest of spectacles for a rugby fan.
Sunday was yet another viewing of this historic fixture and this time round had more at stake than the usual "fumbler -weevil" beef. In a tightly contested group A, Kololo SS had somehow gotten themselves back into the mix and with a lifeline as they faced already relegated Light Academy on the final day. This meant one thing, Namilyango had to travel to eternal foes SMACK for their group decider knowing winner takes all was the situation at hand and the loser had to embrace the shame of not qualifying. Of course there was the alternative of a draw which would still get Ngo through but for smack it would mean a case of "Ugandan mathematics".
The day started as usual with the U15s and the U17s to whet the fans appetites, the first being Under 15 where smack brushed off a stubborn Namilyango resistance edging the later 05-03, perfect start for the hosts on a rather nervy but exciting day. On to the Under 17s, this turned out to be less of a contest as the visitors eased four tries past the smackists in a 00-26 win for the boys from Seeta Mukono.
On came the main event of the day and it should be mentioned that a sports fan that hasn't beheld the sight of a Namilyango Smack game, particularly a decider, hasn't seen much in the sporting spheres of Uganda. The visitors got onto the pitch first and the hosts followed amidst thunderous cheers and ululations that could scare the weak hearted, the anthems were next and it was on to the game that every one was waiting for.
Kick off it was and a series of cautious fielding from both sides as fly halves Kisitu Hillary (Namilyango) and Odoi Arnold (smack) tried to get the best of territory for their charges to press matters. First blood was drawn in the 14th minute as Kisitu Hillary gave Ngo the lead with a maturely taken drop goal, 3-0 to the fumblers it was. Balagadde Kevin, captain of the home team, rose to the fore leading his boys through a series of mauls and one of which he and his pack expertly marshalled to force the visitors concede a penalty which was cooly converted by smack winger Ochaka Francis bringing the game level.
On went the half as each team tried to dictate proceedings and as in every battle, a certain personality has to spring up and be a hero, in this case the powerful and speedy Namilyango lock Elipili Emmanuel took charge, breaking through a couple of tackles to score near the posts giving Hillary Kisitu an easy conversion thus the visitors leading 10-03. The smack forwards were asserting themselves and giving their all to get ahead and the hardwork would soon reflect on the scores as scrum half Michael Matovu exploited a gap and offloaded to his captain Balagadde Kevin from which the smack warrior powered his way to the corner scoring a try, surely leading from the fore. The conversion seemed a little too hard for Ochaka and the teams went into halftime 10-08 in favour of Namilyango.
The second half started as the first with a back and forth tussle however the smack forwards who have impressed through out the group stage put in the work yet again and in the 60th minute setting up a ruthless maul from which Alendro Godwill darted down to score for smack, again Ochaka failing to find his kicking range nonetheless smack leading 13-10 with the game approaching its final minutes.
Namilyango has had one problem of crumbling under pressure when it matters and it was yet to be seen if the coaches had done something to boost the players mental strength and from the restart, lock Elipili Emmanuel chased the kick off and bullied the smack flyhalf off the ball before getting tackled, however winning the Ngonians a penalty in a slightly tricky position. Kisitu Hillary refusing to go for the line out and opting to kick at goal, a show of bravery from the young flyhalf and the resulting kick was a few metres short but the smackists knocked on five metres from their try line, something they will rue for the rest of their lives.
A scrumdown was called from which another penalty was awarded to Namilyango for illegal scrummaging by the smackists giving kisitu another chance to go for poles, this time being in a glorious position which he converted with ease 13 all it was. The smackists pushed through their impressive pack but for all the huffing and puffing there was to be no fairytale ending to their story as Namilyango held on for a draw that got them through and helping them top the group as Kololo had failed to get the bonus point in the other fixture. Smack were condemned to a shameful early exit but the show of rugby at Kisubi was really worth the time and effort for all in attendance.
Semi finals next Saturday at Kyadondo as Kololo meet Kings college Budo and Namilyango face Makerere college.
                                       



Namilyango - SMACK rivalry is born out of mutual respect for the other
Posted on August 6, 2018 by Mark Namanya
Two incidents stood out for me this month; one a matter of national interest and the other a chance meeting of personal importance.
We will start with the former.
Prominent Smackist Gen Kale Kayihura was relieved of his duties as Inspector General of Police and replaced by Okoth Ochola, a former Ngonian.
Right on cue, the Namilyango College Old Boys Association (NACOBA) twitter account posted a message laced with humour and judicious satire.
It read thus:
‘Congratulations to our own Martin Okoth Ochola (Hanlon, 1974-1979) who has been elevated to the position of Inspector General of Police replacing long serving weevil General Kale Kayihura’
The 29 words in the tweet went some way in summing up the relationship between Namilyango College and St Mary’s College Kisubi.
There was recognition, grudging approbation, celebration and muffled respect.
Namilyango College and St Mary’s College Kisubi should in many ways act like twins.
They are two of the oldest academic institutions with both boasting of a combined 228 years of existence. Namilyango was opened in 1902 with Kisubi being started four years later.
The similarities do not stop there. The two are catholic-founded schools and have nurtured some of the most influential Ugandans across generations in nearly every sector.
Yet in many ways, there is credence to the theory that Namilyango feeds off SMACK and vice versa.
Without one another, they would be half the giants they are today.
It explains why the NACOBA tweet found it apt to gloat over the appoint of a Ngonian in place of a ‘weevil’ as we loved to call Smackists back then in the 90s when I was a student there.
Had the former IGP been an Old Boy of Nyakasura or Ombachi, either the tweet wouldn’t have mentioned his former school or the NACOBA handle would have said zilch about the development.
In the eyes of Ngonians, the only male school that matters for good or otherwise is Kisubi. Not Budo, Ntare or Mwiri.
Why that is the case is a subject for another day. But for now, we can be sure the two schools based in Mukono and Wakiso love to rival the other.
The name ‘weevils’ has stood the test of time and is not about to be erased in the diction of Ngonians.
The bantering doesn’t end there, though. Back in the day, our pit latrines were referred to as Smacks.
I found it odd, hilarious and scruffily creative. It is a term that whose culture won’t diminish.
The mentioning of ‘long serving’ in the post was an inaudible admission that that huge post had been held for far too long a period by the adversary and now was the appropriate moment for a Ngonian to steer the wheels of the force.
The second incident that I alluded to earlier was a meeting with the First Son Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a famous Old Boy of Kisubi.
We met at a function at Serena where he was the chief guest at a cocktail to see off Uganda’s 69 athletes for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Introduced to him by UOC President William Blick, also a Smackist, I told Muhoozi that I was an Old Boy of the only school in the country.
“Which one?” he asked.
“Namilyango College,” I responded.
He responded with a wry, wide grin before observing that, “that one is among the top four or five schools in the country.”
“Maybe the fifth,” he added.
It was clear that Muhoozi did rate Namilyango but wasn’t going to betray his Smack DNA by elevating my old school higher.
Throughout my time there, we were always keen on how Smack performed at the O and A Levels because we felt we had a divine right to beating them.
I suspect that feeling was mutual.
Many schools referred to us as ‘fumblers’ but it is word that Smackists probably copyrighted to use solely for Ngonians.
There was also the small matter of rugby rivalry and whenever the two schools played, the grass tended to suffer.
Namilyango has for a long period been the dominant rugby school but the sweetest victory was always the one over Smack. Not Budo or Hana.
The Namilyango-Kisubu rivalry has spanned decades but purely built on ethos that have made the two schools the outstanding institutions they are today.
Long may that rivalry continue.

Behind the scenes: Schools rivalries are a necessary evil

The crowd at Kampala Rugby Football Club was every sponsor and marketeer’s dream. The numbers that thronged the Namilyango College versus St. Mary’s College Kisubi schools rugby final were only comparable to those that watch Heathens versus Kobs. Those rubbers are every inch nerve-wrecking and it wasn’t any different on Sunday. Not that both colleges exhibited a special brand of rugby. It was a case of passion and emotions rather than ability.
The crowd at Kampala Rugby Football Club was every sponsor and marketeer’s dream. The numbers that thronged the Namilyango College versus St. Mary’s College Kisubi schools rugby final were only comparable to those that watch Heathens versus Kobs. Those rubbers are every inch nerve-wrecking and it wasn’t any different on Sunday. Not that both colleges exhibited a special brand of rugby. It was a case of passion and emotions rather than ability.
A full house comprising students and alumni of the two colleges risked running their voices hoarse with each kick, extra yard gained, catch, tackle and try cheered in equal measure. Jet-heeled Polycarp Okot and Ivan Magomu settled the tie 10-0 as Namilyango wrapped up a day’s treble after earlier successes in the under 14 and under 16s categories. Namilyango’s eighth title is something the students will brag about for as long as they live.
But that is being parochial. With the fortunes of the Rugby Cranes dwindling with each passing Test, Uganda Rugby Union (URU) look like they clearly know where to unearth tomorrow’s stars. It was such rivalries, at their peak in the 80s and 90s,that won former inspirational captain Peter Magona (Smack) and multi-faceted Robert Seguya national caps as teenagers. URU are looking to, once again, catch them young in a bid to keep the masses interested. Despite the recent hard times for Cranes, URU still boast of one of the most passionate crowds comprising of people from all walks of life. Good thing URU are not taking the fans for granted as they have given unwavering attention to the schools development programme.
Talking to Alex Mubiru, Heathens captain, at Legends Sports Bar, he was worried whether URU have structures to keep the school boys interested after their time in college. Campus is a proven distraction for many budding sportsmen and how URU indulge them will be vital. Any Kibuli-Kololo football match was a sell- out as well as a 25-over cricket clash between Busoga College Mwiri and King’s College Budo. Such were must- attend meets for club scouts and national team selectors. Today, they are forgotten events on the calendar and yet they could make a difference for the falling standards of sport in Uganda.
indawula@ug.nationmedia.com