Makerere University Council Renames Central Teaching Facilities after Frank Kalimuzo and Yusuf Lule
On 8th June 2022, the Makerere University Council sat and resolved to rename the Central Teaching Facilities on campus after two celebrated alumni and former administrators of Makerere University, Frank Kalimuzo and Yusuf Kironde Lule.
Central Teaching Facility One (CTF 1), which has been renamed after Makerere’s first Vice-Chancellor, Frank Kalimuzo, is found next to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It currently houses the University administrative offices and several lecture rooms.
Mr. Kalimuzo Frank was the first Vice-Chancellor of Makerere. He was appointed on the 1st of July, 1970 after the institution had attained the status of a national university. He maintained this position until he was abducted and killed in 1972 by the agents of Idi Amin’s security forces.
Central Teaching Facility Two (CTF 2) has been renamed after the former president, H.E Yusuf Kironde Lule who was the Principal of Makerere University College from 1964 to 1970. During his tenure, Makerere was under the University of East Africa with the University of Nairobi and the University of Dar Es Salaam as constituent colleges.
In 1979, Prof. Lule became the president of Uganda under the UNLF government after the Idi Amin government had been toppled. However, his term in office was short-lived after he was replaced by the former Attorney General, Godfrey Binaisa.
With the formation of the Uganda Freedom Fighters movement which merged with President Museveni’s Popular Resistance Army to form the National Resistance Movement, Prof. Lule became the chairman of the NRM, while President Museveni became its vice-chairman and chairman of the High Command.
He died in 1984, in London, after a long battle with kidney disease. He was later reburied at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds and commemorated as a national hero.
As Makerere celebrates 100 years, the University has set out to honor and commemorate notable figures who, collectively, built the strong foundation on which the university continues to stand and offer excellent service to humanity. The renaming of the two buildings immortalizes the contributions that the Late Frank Kalimuzo and H.E Yusuf Lule made in making Makerere the great University that it is.