Old Boy Donates Brass Band to Kigezi High School Primary as Centenary Celebrations Approach

Kigezi-High-School-Primary-Boys-Brigade-Unpacking-the-Brass-Band-Equipment-Donated-By-Rukandema. Photo By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba

KABALE – As Kigezi High School Primary commemorates its centenary milestone, Isaac Rukandema, a distinguished alumnus, has donated a complete Brass Band to the school situated in the Northern Division of Kabale Municipality.

Isaac Rukandema, a former aspirant for the position of Member of Parliament in Kabale Municipality, led a successful fundraising campaign to acquire the Brass Band, which is a pivotal part of the school’s centenary festivities, as confirmed by the school’s administration.

Sam Tindimwebwa Kanyamukiza, the Publicity Secretary for the Centenary Celebrations, explained that the alumni, known as the “Old Boys” (O. B’s), initiated the Brass Band Project as the inaugural event to mark Kigezi High School’s remarkable 100-year journey.

Remarkably, Rukandema generously contributed a sum of Shs.20 million, covering the entire cost of the equipment. This new Brass Band replaces the traditional band equipment that had been the school’s iconic symbol for many decades.

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Diocese of Kigezi Secretary, Rev Canon Milton Nkurunungi Emphasizing the need to support Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade. Photo By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba.

During the official handover of the brand-new equipment at the school premises, Reverend Canon Milton Nkurunungi, the Diocese of Kigezi Secretary, disclosed that the inclusion of the Brass Band in the school was part of Bishop Gaddie Akanjuna’s Charge. The bishop had pledged to foster the Boys Brigade during his consecration ceremony on May 29, 2022.

Nkurunungi expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I want to inform you that the Bishop is very excited about this. He pledged to promote the Boys Brigade, and now, thanks to the generosity of Rukandema and his family, we have received this beautiful Brass Band. May God bless them abundantly?”

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Meanwhile, Isaac Mucunguzi Rushoga, the Chairperson of Northern Division LC.3, who played a pivotal role in bringing Rukandema’s attention to the ongoing Brass Band fundraising campaign. The School Headteacher, David Byamugisha, noted that Rushoga had tirelessly advocated for the brass band and maintained close contact with the school’s management until the equipment was delivered today morning.

Rushoga, in his address, elaborated on the lobbying process for the Brass Band and highlighted the various forms of support his office had provided to primary schools in the Northern Division. This support included offering Pre-PLE Mock Exams for candidate classes, infrastructure development, and planned donations to the School of the Blind at Hornby High School Junior, among other initiatives.

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Despite being unable to attend the ceremony in person to present his generous donation, Rukandema expressed his commitment via a brief phone call, citing an ongoing meeting at the time of filing this news report.

Kigezi High School Primary, established in 1920, is jointly celebrating its century of existence alongside Kigezi High School (Secondary), which it gave birth to in 1946.

The pinnacle of these celebrations is scheduled for this Saturday, with prominent alumni such as Former Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and State Minister of Industry David Bahati among the distinguished guests among others expected to attend the ceremony.

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