Perrenial presidential aspirant Abduda Dida has led Kenyans to express disappointment on the move by Uganda’s Makerere University to establish The William Ruto Leadership Institute.
This after reports emerged that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni had cleared the way for the creation of the institute at the learning institution.
A letter addressed to the University’s Senate confirmed that it was in accordance with the wishes of Uganda’s President that the institute is erected at the University.
Taking to social the Dida known for his bare-knuckle but controversial remarks questioned why the once prestigious university deemed fit to name the Institute of African Leadership Studies after William Ruto yet in Kenya, not even a nursery school is named after him.
And through the hashtag #MakerereCorruptionInstitute Kenyans online chimed in with their views on the move by the university with many expressing their disappointment.
Kevin Munyui said: I would like to know the criteria that @MakerereU University used to name an institute after the Kenyan Deputy President @WilliamsRuto.
Alikim Nash wrote: The minute our poor, selfish haters see William Ruto all they see is corruption. Quite unfortunate Ruto is your DP and nothing will change our journey to 2022. Hustle is unstoppable.
Pini Man said: Message to Ugandans: William Ruto has never been convicted nor anyone took evidence to authorities that he is corrupt…. This trend is another effort by a small group of stupid Kenyans seeking to taint his little success Ignore the noise #MakerereCorruptionInstitute.
Kamadi Wa Kamanda wrote: Downfall of Makerere University has gone to the next higher stage. University of Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam University soar to the highest to become region’s education masterpieces. Let those who believe in corruption as the cornerstone for wealth acquisition and leadership go their own selfish route.
Makerere University was founded in 1922 and stands out as the oldest university in the East African region.
Before leaving for Uganda, Ruto through his communication team said he was happy to be associated with the institute whose aim was to empower the people of Africa and to improve democracy in the continent.
“I relate wholly with the idea of this Leadership Institute which to me is: the struggle for African progress through ideas and knowledge, the ambition to write the best version possible of the future of our people and to democratize leadership and exceptionalism for all Africans regardless of wealth or privilege,” he told Standard Digital before leaving for the event.
The institute will be set up to, among other goals, develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning about Africa.
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