By Alex Pithua
Cavendish University Uganda is to hold the Benjamin Mpaka Memorial Lecture tomorrow at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala. The late Mpaka served as the second Chancellor of Cavendish University-Uganda. The university’s management aims to provide academia and students with an opportunity to delve into the philosophy of the late Tanzanian president, Benjamin Mkapa, through insights from individuals closely associated with him and those who worked alongside him.
The theme for this year’s memorial lecture is “Diplomacy and Contemporary State Formation in Africa: The Role of Benjamin Mkapa in the Moshi Conference of 1978.” Dr. Herbert Mudoola, the head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Cavendish University, confirmed this development in an exclusive interview with URN.
He revealed that the guest of honor for the event will be Professor Taris Bazana Kabwegyere, the former Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) of Uganda. Professor Kabwegyere, a Ugandan sociologist, academic, and politician, will be joined by former Tanzanian Ambassador to Uganda, Dr. Aziz Ponary Mlima, who also served as a personal assistant to the late President Benjamin Mkapa, as the keynote speaker.
Distinguished panelists for the Mpaka Memorial Lecture will include Professor Ndebesa Mwambutsya from Makerere University, David Rusa (Former Director of Special Duties, Office of the President), Lt. Col. Ronald Rubale (Coordinator of Microfinance under Operation Wealth Creation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development), and Mama Ann Mpaka, the late President’s wife, who will provide remarks at the event.
Dr. Mudoola further revealed that Cavendish University Uganda is committed to continuing the annual Mkapa Memorial Lecture as a means of exploring and preserving the philosophy and legacy of the former Chancellor, the late Benjamin William Mkapa. Executive Director of Cavendish University, David Mutabanura, emphasized Mkapa’s significant legacy, highlighting his dedication to Pan-African interests and his collaborative efforts with leaders like former President Arap Moi of Kenya and President Museveni in reviving the East African Community.
Mutabanura also underlined Mkapa’s pivotal role in transforming and liberalizing Tanzania’s economy from a socialist-oriented model, championing social and political integration within his country. The commitment to perpetuate this memorial lecture was initially made during last year’s event held at Mestil Hotel, Nsambya, under the theme, “The Role of Integrity and Resilient Leadership in Transformation.”