Monday 30 June 2014


In 1963, the College Chapel was built (Brother Felix was instrumental in the construction work). In the photo (a) is the Chapel after completion; (b) the plan of the Chapel and (c) the Chapel at foundation.

The Chancery Building at Lubaga was actually a class block for St. Mary's School. It was given a facelift, but inside, it still has features of the old architecture.

This is how the current Chancery Building used to look like when it was a class block for St. Mary's School before it was given a facelift.
Semanobe on the left and company played a very active role at SMACK when Brother Kafeero was Headmaster.
SMACK main building.

In the photo on the left is Father Achte and Father Moullec on right. These played very active roles in the early stages of St. Mary's School. Reverend Father Achte was by then the Provicar who was then Superior of Rubaga Parish.

Some of the tractors which worked on SMACK road in 1985.
Brother Kyemwa's staff 1974

Hon. Sebaana Kizito while Member of Parliament in 1983, intervened and raised the issue in Parliament when Bro. Kafeero who was Headmaster had been given matching by the Obote Government to leave Uganda. Next to him is Mr. Semanobe who raised good money that helped Brother Kafeero pay fees for relatives he was caring for that time.

When Brother Kafeero was expelled from Uganda, 24 hours before the D-Day of the 75 years’ Celebrations for SMACK, it was the Late Mr, Moro, Managing Director of Stirling, Honourable Ssebaana Kizito, Mr Ssemanobe (Operation’s Manager, Uganda General Merchandise Ltd), who fundraised Kenya Shillings 20,000 which helped him to pay the fees for his sister and 7 nieces and nephews, whom he used to support through offering his services as a teacher in various schools. After meeting the fees, the balance of the money helped him start off life as a refugee in Kenya.

President Museveni visited SMACK in 1987 when Brother Tinkasimire on the right was Headmaster and Hon. Ssemogerere was Minister..

Stanislaus Mugwanya (a Buganda Regent) while addressing a meeting of the Catholic Chiefs, held at the beginning of 1899, put a question before them: Don‘t you think the time has come for us to provide our young Catholics with better schooling than that which they have so far received?

The photo is of the Steering Committee top Executive Members for St. Mary's College Kisubi Centenary Celebrations in 2006. Left to right: In the photos are the top most members of the Steering Committee for SMACK 100 Celebrations under the Chairmanship of Mr. John Ntimba (1st left) and two Vice-Chairmen; that is Prof. Joseph Mukiibi (3rd) and Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa (in middle)was constituted together with 16 Sub-committees to organize the celebrations.

Students in a Chemistry Practical lesson at the school.

Students of St. Mary's College Kisubi standing in-front of the former Main Building which was put down in 1954.

The year was 1948.  The Kibaale Swimming enclosure – Nabinonya on Lake Victoria.   In the background is a man made structure (which cut off a safe region for swimming) to keep at bay the Crocodiles. 

Teachers' team during the the early 1970's.

SMACK teachers for the Charity walk 2005

Teo Nalonga (RIP), the former wife to Kaweesa who was in- charge of the school canteen and chief foreman when Bro. Kyemwa was Headmaster.

The four Brothers of Christian Instruction who came to Uganda in 1926 to take over the teaching at St. Mary's College Kisubi from the White Fathers.

Centennial Structure which was opened when SMACK marked 100 years in 2006.

The Centennial structure at St. Mary's College Kisubi - HSC dormitory.


William Kituuka Kiwanuka - Lourdel House 1974 - 1979

August 23 1943, Master Gregory Wademi finished making two Eagles, which were to be placed at the base of the school flag.
The eagles were destroyed during a school strike.

 The Junior Library was donated to the school by Mr. Kamya Mukalazi an OB who is in US

 On the left is Mr. Henry Sentoogo the Patron of Cherubim Choir in the next photo
For a visitor to the school on a Sunday morning, there is one club that will never go unnoticed: the Cherubim Choir. Thanks to Mr. Henry Sentoogo the Patron.
They are a
group of young Samarians who range from Form one to Form six who have taken it upon themselves to lead the others in hymns of praise. One may wonder whether these are students or some hired Choir. Analyzing it right from the conductor to the splendid harmony produced by the mixing of different voices, no one can believe they are called Cherubim’s!
Singing hymns like Handel’s Hallelujah chorus and different pieces of other composers like Morzart, Bach, and Uganda’s own Fr. Dr. A. Okello (composer of the Acholi Mass). They are comparable to only Choirs like Christ the King Church Choir.
Through the years, the choir has been invited to various places and has been invited to various places and has always put up stunning performances. In 1998, the choir made a name when it presented Christmas Carols at State House Nakasero. In 1999 it presented the Easter Carols at Rubaga. The same year, the choir was invited to sing during mass at Rubaga on the Kampala Arch Diocese Youth Day Celebrations. The main celebrant, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala was highly impressed at the talent displayed by the Cherubim’s. He encouraged them to keep up the standard.
 Electricity was very irregular and Brother Tinkasimire as Headmaster bought a 120 kVA Generator in 1989 to solve the problem.
Brother Anthony Kyemwa is personally the Architect of the Artwork of a Life – Size Statue of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Kisubi) located in the middle of the Dormitory Quadrangle.
Brother Anthony Kyemwa is personally the Architect of the Artwork of a Life – Size Statue of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Kisubi) located in the middle of the Dormitory Quadrangle.
He put up this Artwork when he was still a student of Fine Art at Makerere University. It is a symbol of spiritual nourishment of SMACK. For this among other things, the Brother needs a big thank you.

 The Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was donated to St. Mary’s School by His Lordship Livinhac.
Mr. Mulyazaawo (left) and Basil Kiwanuka (2nd left) RIP all OBs of SMACK among others were honoured by the Pope for their contribution and role in the Catholic Church.

 Triangular Athletics (Schools involved included St. Leo’s, St. Henry’s College Kitovu and St. Mary’s College Kisubi). The year was 1959.
Trophies - achievements during various sporting activities.

The 12 lads who died in a lorry accident on 14th November 1964. In 1964, St. Mary’s College Kisubi became a Sports power. It was most unfortunate that victory brought tears to the school community 42 years ago, when on November 14, 1964, as students were returning from the Buganda Senior Cup victory match, they were mistaken for Political Agitators, hence came face to face with untimely death in a tragic accident, which claimed 12 of them, 12 miles on Entebbe Highway, where Kisubi High School is located.
The car Brother Anthony Kyemwa was using as Headmaster during the 1970's.

Mr. John Baptist Walusimbi (known as J B Walusimbi Senior in SMACK circles) joined St. Mary‘s College Kisubi in 1948 and left in 1953. While at SMACK, he was a Footballer and ardent Table Tennis Player. He headed the Kisubi College Cadet Corps (KCCC) for 2 years. Rifle shooting used to be done at Nabinoonya. He was an outstanding Marksman, which won him the College Shooting Colours. He did a Commercial Course at Kisubi. After leaving the College, he identified with the Old Boys Association, and was elected Secretary of the Association for a number of successive years. During that time he edited the Old Boy‘s Magazine then known as ―The Morning Star. Mr. Walusimbi is a Trustee of the Old Boy‘s Association (SMACKOBA).

On May 27 1940, Students voted in favour of the House system and also electing of their own prefects. In the photo from the left is Father Simon Lourdel(RIP), Stanislaus Mugwanya (RIP), Archbishop (Dr) Joseph Kiwanuka (RIP) and Joseph Kakooza (RIP).
ourdel (the Green House); was named after Father Simon Lourdel one of the first group of White Fathers (W.F) Catholic Missionary in Uganda, Mugwanya (the Red House); was named in memory of Stanislaus Mugwanya a Buganda Regent who negotiated very much for the education of the Catholic youths in Uganda, Kakooza (the Yellow House); named in memory of Joseph Kakooza the first Head Prefect when the White Brothers of Christian Instruction took over the administration in 1926 from the White Brothers and; Kiwanuka (the Blue House); is in commemoration of the appointment of the Late Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka having been the first African Bishop South of the Sahara.

Saturday 28 June 2014



It is wrong to say that Government should not tax private school profits.  Given the PAYE threshold, I don't see the logic of Government not taxing the profits of private schools.  Some people seem not to be aware that there are some private schools which can increase the school dues and parents pay without question given that there is conviction that being in such schools is almost being sure of a child's success.

I however think that if this tax is implemented, it should go to a collection account to benefit Community Schools.  It is sad that as things are, many children are unable to go to UPE schools.  The distribution of this schools is another factor.  Many more schools are needed to see that all children go to school, and one way of raising money for this cause can be through the tax generated from the profits of the private schools.  If this is done, it will be a great shame for Uganda to see that more children are registered as illiterate at this moment in time.

Tuesday 24 June 2014


The Government of Uganda loaning Science students and ignoring the Arts or Social Sciences is simply myopic.  The economy grows when these two combine effort.  2ndly, it will not help Uganda to train technical personnel for other countries, simply by giving excuses that priority is infrastructure.  These people will get the loans, and when they cannot pay given the peanuts in Uganda, they will, like many others have done migrate for greener pastures.

Students loan scheme to attract 7% interest


Posted  Wednesday, June 25   2014 at  01:00
In Summary
Students applying for cash under the higher education students’ loan scheme will pay an interest of Shs280,000 when time comes for returning the Shs4m comes.

Students to pay 7 per cent interest on loans
Programme. Government has earmarked Shs5b for the student loan scheme.
University students applying to get loans under the higher education students’ loan scheme will pay an interest of seven per cent at the time of repaying loans, a top ministry official has said.
This means for Shs4m each student will get every year, it will attract an interest of Shs280,000.
Mr Michael Wanyama, the coordinator of the higher education loan scheme, said they opted for a lower interest rate to minimise cases of loan defaulting as is the case in other countries where the scheme is already operational. “...repaying of loans is a big challenge and by setting a modest interest rate we hope the beneficiaries will pay back in time to enable others benefit from the same scheme ,” he said.
Mr Wanyama said they had reached an agreement with Centenary Bank to give out loans as well as collecting filled out application forms from applicants across the country.
“We want to experiment and see how effective they can do the work, but with time we shall bring other banks on board,” he said. He added that students will also be required to pay a loan processing fee of Shs20,000.
Applying for loans began yesterday. Government has put aside Shs5b to kick-start the scheme which is intended to enable students from poor background to access higher education.
However, when launching the scheme a couple of months ago, President Museveni warned that government would prosecute students who default in paying back the loans. The beneficiaries will be expected to repay the loans on completion of education or risk a fine not exceeding 50 currency points (Shs1m) or imprisonment of six months, according to the law.
Mr Wanyama said the Education ministry would track the applicant’s status right from primary school to establish if indeed their families are struggling financially. Also, the local councils and the Internal Security Organisation will have to vouch for them. At least 1,000 students who intend to study science-based courses will benefit in the first lot.