“Craft Solutions For African Problems” - HE Kalonzo Challenges Graduates

The Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) HE. Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has challenged graduates to come up with innovative ways of solving African challenges like spiraling unemployment, poverty, environmental concerns, hunger and poor health services among others.

H.E Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka

While conferring degrees and diplomas upon over 200 graduates at the 3rd UTAMU Graduation Ceremony held on 29th September 2017 at Sliver Springs Hotel in Kampala, Hon. Kalonzo mentioned that “it ma kes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own, if he cannot use knowledge and skills acquired to move an idea from one point to another, his/her education is incomplete”.

“We are grappling with poverty, unemployment, hunger, needless deaths and illnesses. What can you do to change the status quo? Choose to make a positive contribution by changing the lives of people in our East African region and beyond.” he asked.

Alluding to the great works of great men of the ancient and recent times like George Washington, Mahatma Ghandi, Kwame Nkurumah, Martin Luther King, Ibraham Lincoln, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela and the little celebrated Pakistan girl, Malala who is known for fostering girl child education in her country, Kalonzo emphasized that the world is yearning for innovations, change and better services.

Kalonzo underscored the need to take care of the little things in life explaining that if one cannot fix the little things, then, they will find it almost impossible to change the bigger things.

He congratulated the graduating class of 2017 but cautioned them against discrimination of people noting “that appearances, can be misleading. If you want to change the world, measure each person by the size of their heart and not the colour of their skin, sex, race, etc”.

HE Kalonzo was flanked by four other delegates from Kenya who included; Senator Moses Wetagura, Mr.Kennedy Musyoka, Mr.Jimjohn Mutemi Matiki and Mr. Tumna George Meningisho.

The ceremony was attended by members of the University Senate, Council, Management, Staff, Vice Chancellors and Principals of other Universities and colleges, religious leaders, public servants, parents and guardians, and the media among others.  

 

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