Over 180 million shillings in cash and pledges was raised at a fundraising dinner held in preparation for Kigezi High School centenary celebrations.
Corporate bodies, government officials and old students of the school converged at the school in Kabale on Saturday night in support of the preparations.
The school is mobilizing for the centenary event under the theme; “Reconnecting to Root for 2022”.
Kigezi High School is one of the traditional, church-founded secondary schools established by the Church Missionary Society in 1922. It is a mixed boarding secondary located in Kabale.
In preparation for the centenary celebrations, the old students gathered to contribute towards the face-lifting of the school and the construction of a multipurpose building in commemoration of the school’s existence.
At least two billion shillings is required for the construction of the centenary building.
Speaking at the dinner, David Bahati the state minister of planning who is an old student of the school hailed old students for keeping themselves interested in the affairs of the school and constantly contributing to its development.
Bahati said government was ready to continue supporting the education sector.
Abraham Akampurira the school head teacher hailed the efforts by the old students in mobilizing funds to revamp the school.
Akampurira asked the old students to help mentor the students against strikes. He appealed to the old students to not only focus on the centenary project, but also to work towards the general structural rehabilitation of school infrastructure.
Several old students were awarded by the school alumni body with life-time achievers award and service award.
The school has produced eminent old students including Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Dr Kizza Besigye, and Dr. Abed Bwanika.
Other prominent former students are veteran politician Philemon Makeke, David Bahati, Gen. Jim Muhwezi, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, Mildred Kiconco Barya, Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba, Prof. Ezra Suruma, and Bob Kabonero among others.