Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga on Saturday praised President Yoweri Museveni’s Universal Primary Education (UPE) policy in the district.
Mpuuga made these remarks in his capacity as area MP while welcoming president Museveni to St. Henry’s College Kitovu, Masaka where the president had gone to raise funds for the construction of a new dormitory at the school.
“Your Excellency, I take the honour to welcome you to Masaka. I know you know the contribution of the Church to education in Uganda, and whoever supports the Church I laud.
He went to say “Your Excellency, I inform you that Masaka is doing so well in Universal Primary Education. Even when other areas are struggling, Masaka posts very good results.”
Mpuuga’s remarks were surprising considering he is a known critic of the president and his government. Some Ugandans especially on social media sites praised Mpuuga’s act to be at the same function with the president, his political nemesis.
However, that was not the highlight of the occasion. President Museveni contributed Shs80m towards the construction of the new dormitory.
The other guests who attended the fundraiser on Saturday included; Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Minister in charge of the presidency Frank Tumwebaze, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi and members of the Kwagalana group.
The Kwagalana group, an association of money magnates many of who hail from the area raised Shs4om in addition to buying president Museveni’s portrait picture at Shs10m.
Their contribution was as follows; Sudhir Ruparelia contributed shs 5 million, John Bosco Muwonge 5M, Hajj Burayimu Kibirige 2M, Godfrey Kirumira 2M, Hajj Mutaasa Kafeero 1M, Gasta Lule 2M, Ephraim Ntaganda 2M, Tom Kaaya 2M, Nabbale 1.5M, Hajj Manisuri Matovu 1M, Hajj Badru Muwanga 1M, Kato Deus 2M, Kagina Wycliffe 1M, Dick Kizito 1M.
The school that has a population of 1100 students was started under the Catholic foundation some nine decades ago.