The Special Forces Commander, Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has hailed the Catholic Church for its exemplary leadership and contribution to education at primary, secondary and higher institutions of learning in the country.
General Kainerugaba was yesterday addressing a congregation at St. Mary’s College Kisubi Chapel in a thanksgiving mass to celebrate the work of four long serving brothers of the Catholic Church. Two brothers, Joseph Tinkasimire, 79, from Fort Portal Diocese and Peter Kazzekulya from Kasana Luweero Diocese celebrated a diamond jubilee (60 years) and golden jubilee (50 years) of religious life respectively. The other brothers, celebrating their silver jubilees (25 years) of brotherhood were Quirino Kakonge from Kitagwenda and Casio Aizire of Ibanda parish.
“I left this school 23 years ago, but I still look back fondly at my time here. There’s no doubt it is one of the best schools in Uganda. But we owe this excellence to the brothers here who are very honest, tolerant, and hard working,” said General Kainerugaba.
Maj. Gen. Kainerugaba completed secondary education at SMACK in 1994 after joining the secondary school in senior two in 1989. After completing his ‘A’ levels he joined Nottingham University in the United Kingdom where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1997. Brother Joseph Tinkasimire was the headmaster of the school during the time General Kainerugaba was there.
The mass was presided over by the retired Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, 90. The aging but still strong catholic prelate was assisted by the Bishop of Kasana Luweero Diocese, Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere. At the same occasion, 12 brothers undertook their perpetual vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and complete submission to the life of the brothers of Christian Instruction.
Cardinal Wamala congratulated the brothers for their selfless service to the church and the nation. “Your services have immensely contributed to society. You have mentored good citizens and good leaders. The church has always been at the frontline in implementing government programs in education, health and various apostolic missions. I thank you for that great dedication,” said Cardinal Wamala.