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Equator University Vice Chancellor Prof Frederick Mukiibi passes on

Prof Mukiibi worked at Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia as a Research Officer in Neurophysiology (1980-1983) as well as warden at St. Lawrence Hospital, South West London.

DECEASED: The late Prof. Frederick Banvu Mukiibi. PHOTO/COURTSEY

MASAKA, UGANDA: The Vice Chancellor of Equator University Science and Technology (EQUSaT) Prof Frederick Banvu Nozmo Mukiibi is dead, the Masaka-based varsity confirmed on Monday evening.

Prof Mukiibi, aged 81 years passed on at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital on Sunday evening after battling a blood clot that blocked the blood vessels.

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The deceased reportedly got an attack last year on December 7, 2022, and was rushed to Uganda Heart Institute, Mulago for specialised treatment where doctors revealed that he was suffering from a serious heart-related disease that needed an immediate operation.

He was referred to the University of Lahore Hospital, Pakistani, but was unable to fly because of general weakness, according to Mr Shaban Lukoya, the university communications officer.

“We had already processed all his travel documents including the air ticket, visa, and others, and had even booked a specialist to handle his medical condition, but we noticed he was getting weaker and we were advised to let him get better before he can fly, unfortunately, he became weaker last week and was admitted to Masaka Hospital where he was pronounced dead,’’ Mr Lukoya said in a press interview on Monday at the University campus in Masaka.

Born in 1941 to Mr and Mrs David Ssemakula in Buwere Village, Buwama Sub County in Mpigi, Prof Mukiibi attended Buweere and Kitebi Primary Schools for primary education, and thereafter joined Kyambogo College for junior level and later Nyakashura Secondary School for secondary education.

Mukiibi later scooped a scholarship at St. Petersburg University to further his studies where he graduated as a professor in Neurophysiology.

With the use of his academic expertise, Prof Mukiibi served at various prestigious academic institutions. Before joining EQUSaT, he worked at St. Augustine International University in Kampala as a principal at the College of Health, Life and Biological Sciences.

He also served as an associated dean, acting dean and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Prof Mukiibi has of a wealth of experience in the academic world spanning close to 50 years of teaching having started as a Biology Teacher at Kitante Senior Secondary School, Kampala, Uganda in 1972.

At the international level, Prof Mukiibi worked at Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia as a Research Officer in Neurophysiology (1980-1983) as well as warden at St. Lawrence Hospital, South West London.

Prof Mukiibi had just served as EQUSaT Vice Chancellor for 19 months.

He will be laid to rest today (Tuesday) at his ancestral home in Buweere Village, Mpigi District. He is survived by a wife and seven children.

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