Shs 200M Raised for Namagunga Renovation

As the country continues to mourn the startling death of the former UPDF Commander Gen Aronda Nyakairima, remedy about it the national army has put across an informal proposition to have the Kololo Stadium renamed after the fallen General.

Hundreds of mourners on Friday afternoon gathered at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds to say prayers for the Internal Affairs Minister, drug who passed away on a plane while returning from a trip in Seoul, South Korea.

The General died of heart failure according to the postmortem report released by doctors on Thursday.

Moments after the national prayers, the army spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda suggested that the stadium be renamed after General Aronda.

Col Ankunda backed the proposal over social media, with the fact that the deceased General delivered the National ID project from the same stadium.

The stadium at the Kololo Independence grounds – which used to be a national airfield – was constructed by the UPDF’s Engendering Brigade under the overall command of General Aronda, in preparations for the 2012 Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The structure, which has a 5500 seat capacity, also houses offices of the National Security Information Systems, which is handling the National ID Project, and was under the direct supervision of the now fallen General Aronda Nyakairima.

The Kololo Airstrip – cum national stadium was constructed during 1936 at the instigation of Philip Euen Mitchell, Governor of Uganda from 1935 – 1940.


After the reconstruction, the airstrip which was formerly under the management of the Uganda Property Holdings Limited is now managed by the Ministry of Defense.

About 200 million shillings was raised in support of the refurbishment of Mt.St.Mary’s College Namagunga Main Hall in preparations for its platinum jubilee in June 2017.

The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, click who attended the school’s fundraising dinner at Serena Hotel on Thursday, sickness contributed 10 million shillings and pledged more Government support.

The President’s family contributed 30 million shillings, Bank of Uganda contributed 15 million, National Water and Sewerage Corporation 15 million while Statewide insurance contributed 5 million.

According to the Vice President, NRM Government is committed towards empowering women through guaranteeing girl child education.

He said that education nurtures all known development and success stories, adding that education of the girl child is unique and if women are empowered, they take up social challenges and family roles that enhance and promote fast socio-economic transformation.

The Vice President said that although St. Mary’s College Namagunga has continued to survive with its original structures, the school will need some improvement given the increasing student population.

The Headmistress of the school, Sister Seraphine Amulen said that the school that started with 14 students in 1942 has now 893 and has maintained excellent academic standards in national examinations.

According to the Chairperson of Namagunga Old Girls Association, Dr. Jane Tusiime, maintaining high standards and quality education for 74 years has been challenging since many people had lost hope after the departing of the white missionaries who paved way for Ugandan administrators of the school.

Dr. Tusiime said the school has produced notable individuals including Uganda’s and Africa’s first Vice President, Dr. Specioza Kazibwe, first woman Doctor. Prof. Namboze, first flight engineer and first woman head of Ox-farm International Winnie Byanyima, among others.

The function was also addressed by Justine Bagenda head commercial banks and Financial Institutions Monitoring section in Bank of Uganda and the Chairman Board of Governors, Monsignor Kayondo John.

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