By Kampala Post Reporter
Ntungamo District Leadership, teachers, students and parents of Kyamate Secondary School have paid tribute to George Munywanisa for the exceptional service he has rendered during the 14 years he has been the headteacher of the school.
This was at the farewell ceremony to bid farewell to Munywanisa, the Church of Uganda founded school in South Ankole Diocese.
The function where the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni was the Chief Guest was held at the school on Saturday and collected a cross-section of people from Ntungamo and the neighbouring Districts.
While addressing the gathering Mrs. Janet Museveni said, “I thank God for the gift of a good headteacher for Kyamate S.S in an age of scarcity for such. He has been a good gift to these many young people in the school and what he has done to develop the school is evident to a naked eye”.
She quoted the Book of 1 Timothy in the Bible which talks about Godliness with contentment as a great gain and said it is that contentment that has enabled Munywanisa to steer and achieve a lot for Kyamate SS and Ntungamo district as a whole.
“All of you should learn that ‘discontent’ is an offshoot of Godliness and makes people unfaithful and immoral,” she cautioned saying it is discontent that culminates into vices like stealing and corruption in society.
She pointed out that discontent does not only apply to poor people but also to the rich and it is the same discontent that leads Government workers to cheat on working hours when they abandon their work stations to attend to their personal errands.
Mrs. Museveni also quoted Luke Chapter 16 verse 10 in the Bible which talks about being trustworthy, saying it is a virtue that has allowed Munywanisa to transact many accomplishments on behalf of the school.
She said the fear of God coupled with contentment, being trustworthy and serving with integrity is what makes one succeed. She also called on the people to be generous and share whatever they have with the less fortunate, adding that through generosity a person is rewarded even the more by God.
Mrs. Museveni said that because of the good track record and integrity exhibited by Munywanisa during his time in service, he can continue to be an asset to community or even Government and especially the Education sector.
The First Lady also commended Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe of South Ankole Diocese for uniting the people and said that it is his commitment in faith that has enabled him to promote development in the area.
President Museveni applauded
Ntungamo RDC Justine Mbabazi saluted President Museveni for his outstanding role in promoting education in the country. She told the parents that the education of children was the foundation of wealth. She thanked the First Lady for transforming the Ministry of Education.
The Ntungamo Woman M.P. Beatrice Rwakimari proposed that the retirement age of 60 years should be extended adding that a person who has attained this age still has the potential to serve.
Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe of South Ankole Diocese saluted President Museveni and his wife Janet for promoting Kyamate SS. He paid tribute to the outgoing School head for his sacrifice and untiring efforts while in service. He urged the students to work hard and be focused.
The Ntungamo LC 5 Chairman Dennis Singahache saluted Mrs. Janet Museveni for the exceptional role she played while MP for Ruhaama and for building several schools in Ntungamo District. He saluted Bishop Ahimbisibwe for his able leadership.
On his part, Munywanisa who said he was overwhelmed by the joy of finally reaching the end of his service to the Government of Uganda thanked God for his guidance and protection. He also thanked the Board of Governors, Parents Teachers Association, staff, students and parents for their unwavering support.
He acknowledged that his acceptance of Jesus as his personal savior is the divine baggage he carries from Kyamate in his life and thanked the First Lady and Bishop Ahimbisibwe who he said played a big role in this achievement.
He wished all the Kyamate stakeholders peace and urged the school community to continue being united.
“Let it be your culture that never, in life, will there be a strike at Kyamate Secondary School,” he said.
He saluted President Museveni for promoting patriotism in schools which he said enables mindset change and called for strengthening patriotism and counseling in schools. He called on all the people in the area to observe transparency.
The Deputy Head Prefect Miss Sifa Muhoozi revealed that they have lived in the school in a harmonious environment. She said that the students were sad upon the retirement of Muywanisa. She thanked him for promoting the institution.
Many other people who spoke at the farewell ceremony including the Chairman Board of Governors, Teachers’ representative and District Education Officer re-echoed the good deeds of Munywanisa in his 14 years as headmaster of Kyamate SS.
A man of many hats
Until his retirement George Munywanisa has also been the Chairperson of Headteachers in Ntungamo District, Area Supervisor of Exams in the District, the Chairperson of Church of Uganda Schools and President of the Gideons International Ntungamo Chapter.
Among the many achievements that Munywanisa has registered at Kyamate SS is increasing the students’ enrollment from only 143 in 2003 to the current over 1,000 students. He instituted a culture of the love of God and good behavior in the students and constructed classrooms, dormitories, latrines and water harvesting facilities which have all contributed to the good ambiance at the school. Munywanisa also leaves Kyamate SS a currently debt free School.