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RONALD KAMARA

CHIEF OF PARTY - AIDS CARE & TREATMENT UGANDA(ACT)
School: Namilyango College
Year joined Institution: 1985
Year of Study Completion: 1991
Class Completed: S6
Dormitory: “Mukasa”
Nicknames: “Aruba, Savimbi”

Three Words (that summarize your years at school):

  • Memorable
  • Inspirational
  • Aspirational

Favourite subject in school & why?

  • Literature
  • Economics

Favourite food in school & why?

  • Cassava because it was the cheapest and most available snack, in all forms, depending on one’s pocket.

Which teacher was your greatest influence & why?

  • Mr Deo Sebulimage. He knew his stuff and he was such a disciplinarian.

What is one thing that the school “taught” you?

  • Taking responsibility for my actions/inactions.

What in your perspective is your school known for?

  • Academic excellence
  • Grooming responsible leaders

What was your OWN most impactful memory from school?

  • Transnight reading in O level

What did you think you’d end up doing in life back in school and where has life brought to so far in comparison?

  • I wanted to become a lawyer but ended up an economist doing public

health work!

What is your current job/profession? I am a Chief of Party of the Aids Care and

Treatment (ACT) Project in the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, the Health Department of the Uganda Episcopal Conference

What is your life motto/mantra?

  • Winners never quit and quitters never win!

What are you up to now in life?

  • I am growing pineapples and I am about to start growing a variety of vegetables for export…

PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED

  • East Kololo Primary School

SECONDARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED

  • Namilyango College (S.2 to S.6)

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

  • Makerere University
  • Choir Leader                  1987-1988
  • Senior Time Keeper     1990-1991
  • Lawn Tennis (1986-1988)
  • YCS (1985-1991)
  • Commerce Club (1985-1988)
  • History Club (1987-1988)
  • Economics Club (1989-1991)
  • Wildlife Club (1987-1988)
  • Junior and Senior Debating Clubs (1987-1991)

What are at least 5 slangs or cultures that you remember from school and what did they mean?

  • Kiku – One who is unhygienic
  • Kausi – Broke
  • Mupya -Freshman
  • Kyalo – Steamed cassava

What are 5 routines/rituals/cultural aspects or that you remember from school and what did they mean?

  • The free Wednesday afternoons with optional trips to Seeta and/or Mukono were always an opportunity to change diet from the dreaded nposho and boiled beans to a myriad of roadside snacks, including the famous deep fried nile perch (sabulenya).
  • Saturday night mass (in lieu of Sunday morning mass) had an eerie feeling.
  • Socials in candidate classes were always an opportunity for interacting with the opposite sex.

Favourite story about interschool rivalry?

We used to start studying commerce in Form 1, unlike many other schools that started studying commerce in Form 3. We became so good in the subject that we could comfortably discuss Form 4 stuff in our Form 2! Unsurprisingly therefore, by the time we were in Form 4, we were certified authorities in the subject.

Inter School commerce seminars without Namilyango were always considered a flop. There was therefore cause for alarm when we arrived too late (as usual) for a commerce seminar in Nabbingo in 1988.

With the weevils in the hall, long after the seminar had started, hell broke loose when our TATA truck arrived towards midday and by the time we sauntered into the hall, deliberations had been stopped. Finally, the seminar could “start” to the chagrin of our weevil friends.

What is a message of inspiration to anyone reading this profile?

  • Have goals in life and work towards them.

life legacies

Excellence

Mentorship

Leadership

Spirituality

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