Former President Mwai Kibaki will Saturday become the first head of state to build a presidential library at his alma mater, or university where he once studied. The multi-billion-shilling facility is based at Makerere University, Uganda.
According to information released by the university on Monday, the facility will cost US$50 million (Sh4.5 billion). Of this, $40million will go to the Presidential Library and $10million to the Mwai Kibaki-endowed Chair in Economics.
“The HE Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library will be the first presidential library built by a former president at his alma mater. It will also be the first library in Africa to have an endowed chair in economics,” the deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof Barnarbas Nawangwe, said.
Makerere Chancellor George Mondo explained that the university chose Kibaki because he was the first African to graduate there with a 1st Class Honours Degree in the Arts, in 1955.
He added that Kibaki was also the first African to graduate with distinction in the BSc Public Finance programme at the London School of Economics in 1958.
Mondo also cited Kibaki’s decision to return and serve his alma mater from 1958 to 1960 as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Political Science, “instead of taking up other, lucrative offers”.
He said this was “commendable and worthy of recognition”.