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Museveni donates Shs600m to Ntare School of Rwanda Museveni donates Shs600m to Ntare School of Rwanda Museveni donates Shs600m to Ntare School of Rwanda

Museveni donates Shs600m to Ntare School of Rwanda


President Museveni has donated $200,000 (about Shs600m) towards the construction of a school in Rwanda.

According to a State House statement, President Museveni made a cash payment of $100,000 (about Shs300m) with the balance of $100,000 (about Shs300m) to be paid later.

He announced his contribution on Friday evening during a fundraising dinner organised by the Rwanda Chapter of Ntare School Old Boys Association (NSOBA) at Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. The dinner was also graced by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, himself an Old Boy of Ntare School in Mbarara.

Museveni visit
Mr Museveni arrived in Kigali on Friday for a two-day visit for the fundraising towards construction of the Ntare School replica in Rwanda. The school will accommodate about 1,000 students on a 60-hectare plot of land and is expected to have its first intake in 2017.

The fundraising was also meant as a reunion of the Old Boys, with the last such reunion having taken place last year in April at Ntare School in Mbarara, where Mr Kagame’s message to the school alumni was delivered by Rwanda’s Chief Justice Sam Rugege, who is also an Old Boy of the school. Mr Kagame also donated $30,000 (about Shs825 million) to the school.

President Museveni and his host Paul Kagame were both students of Ntare School in Uganda’s district of Mbarara in the 1960s. Ntare School was established in 1956 and admitted students without regard to their religious denominations as was the case with many religious-founded schools in the country at that time.

President Museveni said this is the reason Ntare School has a unique history that has made a big impact, according to the State House statement.
President Kagame on his part congratulated Ntare School Old Boys both from Uganda and Rwanda for their support towards the establishment of a Ntare School in Rwanda.

He asked them to continue strengthening the relationship and inculcate the spirit of togetherness not only between the two countries of Uganda and Rwanda, but the entire East African region.

He praised Mr Museveni for accepting the invitation to the occasion.

The State House statement said before the fundraising dinner on Friday evening, Mr Museveni and Mr Kagame held talks at the Serena Hotel and discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries.

Ntare School Rwanda Chapter is expected to be a modern institution in Africa with international standards, providing both international and national curricula.

Museveni foreign contributions

Rwanda. In July 2011, Mr Museveni pledged $300,000 (about Shs777m then) to Nalukunga Primary School in Rwanda, while on a fence-mending visit to the country following years of uneasy relations between the two countries.

Tanzania. President Musveni has also funded the construction of schools in the Kagera region of northern Tanzania. In a Sunday Monitor story of November 25, 2006, it was reported that State House had entered a contract with Multiplex Ltd, a Kampala-based firm, to build schools in Tanzania. The schools were to be built at Nyaligamba, Muhutwe, Kamachumi and at Nyamiyaga Murongo in Muleba District at a cost of $932,823.20 (Shs1.72 billion).

Source: Daily Monitor

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