The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has applauded ‘Uncle’ George Kihuguru the former Dean of students at Makerere University for writing a book about his life and achievements over the years.
The Premier made the remarks while representing President Yoweri Museveni at the launch of the book “Memoirs of ‘Uncle’ George Kihuguru and Students life at Makerere University 1968-1995.
George Kihuguru is commonly referred to as “Uncle George’, a name he acquired from University students because of the humane way he handled the students during his long service at Makerere University as Dean of students and also in charge of wardens.
He began his career as a teacher at Ntare School where he was the only African among European teachers and he taught many influential people in this country including President Museveni, Late Eriya Kategaya, Richard Kaijuka and Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu among others.
Launching the book, The Prime Minister Dr Rugunda saluted Uncle’ George for being a man of unique character, who worked closely and genuinely with students and colleagues.
Uncle George was the dean of students when the Prime Minister Dr Rugunda, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Governor Bank of Uganda Prof. Tumusime Mutebile were students at Makerere University.
Prof. George Kirya who was the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University between 1986 and 1990 on behalf of former colleagues said uncle George left a legacy at Makerere University as far as looking after students is concerned.
Retired Bishop Dr Edward Muhima described Uncle George as a man of impeccable and unquestionable integrity who has scored high in his life with competence and character.
Uncle George in his remarks said the book covers his personal life, important events at Makerere University and the country as well as the student activities during his time and finally the strikes at Makerere University and how they can be handled.
In his book uncle George says most of the strikes at Makerere University are politically motivated and influenced by politics outside the University.