Emotional Day as St. Lawrence Students Report for Second Term

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It was an emotional day as students at St Lawrence Horizon Campus struggled to come to terms with the death of their founder and principal, Professor Lawrence Mukiibi.

It was an emotional day as students at St Lawrence Horizon Campus struggled to come to terms with the death of their founder and principal, Professor Lawrence Mukiibi.
 
The opening day for the second academic term was overshadowed by the death on Sunday morning of Professor Mukiibi, who suffered Cardiac Arrest at home and was pronounced dead at Norvic Hospital in Kampala. 
 
As students reported today at the St Lawrence Horizon Campus in Mpigi district, students could be seen crying at the passing of a man who has been a father-figure to them.
 
Andrew Kiwuuka, a teacher at the Horizon Campus told URN that Prof. Mukiibi always cautioned them on being hard workers. He says they have always been inspired by him and want to emulate his style.
  
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Agnes Kemigisa, a senior two student said Prof. Mukiibi was generous. She recounts how he invited her on assembly to sing for Senior Five class at the end of which he offered her a fifty thousand note.
 
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Students say they will miss a father in Prof. Mukiibi. Some say they will miss the dances he would give them at school. Others are, however, worried of whether they will continue receiving the care they were getting whenever he was at school.
 
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Rose Galabuzi, the headmistress of St. Lawrence Horizon campus said that Prof. Mukiibi was selfless. She says he never minded how old one was to give them a position but how much one was able to accomplish. She notes that he treated staff as his colleagues.

She noted that while the death of the proprietor might emotionally affect the teachers and students, they will continue strengthening themselves to keep his legacy.
  
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Several parents who had brought their daughters hailed him for keeping good care of them. Horizon is the only girls' school of the six campuses that make up St Lawrence Schools. The parents indicated that while the schools were a bit expensive, they wanted to always have their children there because of the good performance and good care.
 
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Mukiibi is, among others achievements, credited for setting up St. Lawrence Schools and Colleges comprising of six private secondary schools and a university. They include Horizon, London College, Cream Land, Academy of St. Lawrence, Paris Palais, and Crown City Campuses. Kabaka's Lake campus, the oldest of the schools, was turned into St Lawrence University.

 

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Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

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