The management of one of the best universities in Africa, Makerere has been forced by critics from both the Kenyan and Ugandan circles to justify their recent move of recognizing Kenya’s Deputy President during his birthday by naming one of their institutes of African studies after him.
An article done by a Kenyan professor Makau Mutua opened the lead for a limitless criticism from Kenyans and Ugandans including the student leadership at Makerere University. The opposing group has been on record criticizing the decision by Makerere arguing that ‘there was nothing substantial’ the Kenyan DP has done in any of the fields in the region to warrant such a honourable fete’.
In his article, Prof Makau Mutua, known for his strong opposition to DP Ruto’s policies in Kenya, argued that the premier university had degraded to a ‘butt of jokes’ when it invited Dr William Ruto to lay a foundation named after him. Mutua’s article has received support from those in Uganda who are opposed to President Yoweri Museveni’s rule owing to the fact that it is under the directive of his that the management of the University settled on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s deputy.
Top among those who Makerere University has responded to is Uganda’s opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye who called on them via his twitter handle to respond to the claims he considered serious enough to damage their reputation.
In response on their Twitter handle, Makerere University has stated that ‘the opinion written in one of the East African dailies criticizing the establishment of the @WilliamsRuto Institute of Leadership Studies is mis-guided and out of context’.
The institution has denied claims by Makau that the act amounted to awarding the Deputy President with a gift worth an academic achievement. They have stated that the Institute is not an academic award as Prof. Makau Mutua seems to insinuate, but a rare initiative by an African political leader to support African indigenous scholarship.
They further urged all patriotic African elites to commend Dr. William Ruto’s initiative and not condemn it out of apparent misconception. They further explained that the DP was not the first Kenyan elite that the University has named an institute after indicating that they are currently awaiting the implementation of yet another initiative by another great Kenyan leader, Mwai Kibaki, which he launched four years ago.
This institute in question will research into African political and social-economic challenges and also train visionary leaders for Africa.