KAMPALA – Joadah Consult and Development Infrastructure, a renowned construction company, has offered a full scholarship to Suubi Henry Kiyimba, a Makerere University student who was mocked for reporting to campus with a metallic box.
In a letter dated August 14 to the Vice-Chancellor, the executive director of Joadah Consult, Mr Joel Aita, said they are ready to sign a memorandum of understanding with Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, committing to the scholarship.
“Joadah Consult and Development Infrastructure would like to give our official offer for a Full Scholarship for Mr. Suubi Henry Kiyimba for a course in Mechanical Engineering in Makerere University. We would be glad to have a Memorandum of Understanding signed between us, the University and the student,” Mr Aita’s letter reads in part.
Some of the key projects undertaken the company include the Mulago Hospital Expansion and Rehabilitation Project, The Specialized Maternal and Neonatal Hospital Mulago, Four Universities Expansion Project in Malawi etc. Their sister Company, Development Infrastructure, is currently developing the Arua Hill stadium and business park.
Since being mocked by fellow students, Kiyimba, has reaped more good than expected after a group of Ugandans on social media decided they will turn his ‘misfortunes’ into success.
President Museveni’s press secretary Don Wanyama has since promised him a leather suitcase, while Makerere University VC met him last week and promised to oversee his smooth stay at the university. BBC journalist Allan Kasujja has vowed to prepare a table to shame the freshman’s attackers.
A group of Ugandans on Twitter have raised a number of items to deliver to Kiyimba. The group coordinated by a one Ruth Aine, Cedric Babu and Kasujja have so far made pledges and also engaged companies and colleagues in a mini fundraiser.
Among items so far pledged to support Kiyimba includes; A laptop and clothes from a one Hashim Wasswa, shoes, a smartphone with unlimited data and airtime from a one Dennis Kakonge, beddings from power FM presenter Mulungi and her listeners, a leather suitcase as well as Shs2m to cover a debt at Kiyimba’s former school.