President Commissions Museveni pre and Primary school in Chato

Monday, November 29, 2021


CHATO, TANZANIA: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni accompanied by his Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu has today (Monday) commissioned the newly constructed Museveni Pre and Primary School located in Nyabirezi Village, Chato district in Tanzania.

During the inauguration ceremony the President said he was neither requested nor commanded by the late President of the United Republic Of Tanzania Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to build a school in Tanzania but that it was a suggestion that was brought forward by two fallen heads of state. 

The President recounted that while these days the important thing is business, they reasoned then, that if they can use brotherhood, they could have a very prosperous part of the world here. 

President Museveni also revealed that he was previously invited by the late President Benjamin Mkapa to build for Tanzania a school in remembrance of the Amin war which he said he did, when he constructed Ndutwe Primary School and later another school around Kagera river named Nyamiyaga Primary School after the war against Uganda’s former President Idi Amin Dada.

"President Mkapa allowed me to build the school not because Tanzania never had money, but it was brotherhood. And therefore I built Museveni Pre-Primary School on two things, remembrance and brotherhood. This is the first time in the world to get anything… be it a school or an institution to be called my name. I don't want people's property to be called after my name other than my wife, and some of my kids who agreed to use my name," he said.

He explained that he requested Tanzania army leaders to look for patriots of Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) who fought in Uganda to search in records and identify the places were they won the war therefore name those two schools after those places.

He later officially handed over the school to the government of Tanzania.

The President of the United Republic Of Tanzania H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan thanked Museveni for investing over US$1.6 million (About 5.6 billion shs) in Tanzania, and said, ‘it is not an easy feat’.

“You have invested over US$1.6 million, Chato loves you so much. What you have done for the people of Chato can only be related to a saying which goes that: ‘Give a fish to someone and they will be healed of hunger for the night but teach them how to fish and they will forever be healed for their lives," she said.

Museveni Pre and Primary School sits on 11.4 Acres of land. It has an administration block, sixteen classrooms, two staff rooms, a resource centre, dining hall, kitchen, and two Kindergarten classrooms.

President Museveni was later seen off by his Tanzanian counterpart at Geita Airport where several other senior government officials from Tanzania also lined up to see him off. 

Also present at the airport were Uganda’s Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania Major  Gen. Godffrey Muhesi  and the defense attaché Major Gen. Steven Kashaka and Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Uganda Liberation R. Mulamula among others.