In Quran 9:122, Allah reminds us that by devoting ourselves to the pursuit of knowledge, we can help protect ourselves from the evil and ignorance of this world. By reading and truly understanding, only then can we hope for protection from Allah.
Prof. Oweyegha-Afunaduula is a man who understands this instruction from God and among all things a man would desire, the former Makerere University lecturer at the Department of Zoology and Botany asked Hon. Asuman Kiyingi Holy Qur’an despite being a non-Muslim.
On Sunday Hon.Kiyinji, the leadership Code Tribunal Deputy Chairperson drove to Namwendwa, Kamuli Municipality to deliver the Holy Qur’an to Afunaduula amidst excitement from the latter.
‘’Honorable Asuman Kiyingi, former Minister for Regional Cooperation, presenting to me the Holy Qur’an and the Introduction to the study of the Holy Qur’an by Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad, a few minutes ago at Namwendwa Municipality, Kamuli District’’, said Afunaduula.
He added that; ‘’I had asked Honorable Asuman Kiyingi to do everything possible to get me a copy of the Holy Qur’an and Ahmad’s book so that I could expand my academic, philosophical and spiritual understanding of Islam even if I am not a Muslim. Besides, I told Hon. Kiyingi, there is a lot of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and insight I have been missing’’, Afunaduula commended Kiyinji for being a unifying figure.
“I want to access these virtues between the pages of the Qur’an. And today, he drove all the way from Kampala, to deliver it and Ahmad’s book to me. I am very grateful. There is nothing more valuable than wisdom and knowledge. Not even gold and silver are as valuable’’, he remarked.
On his side, a former member of parliament for Bugabula south in Kamuli said; ‘It was very pleasant presenting a copy of the Holy Quran to Prof. Oweyegha Afunaduula in Namwendwa Kamuli yesterday. Thanks Prof. for your inspiring message’’, Hon.Kiyinji posted on his social media wall.
Who is Asuman Kiyinj?
Born in Kamuli District on 27 December 1963, Kiyinji attended Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest university; he earned both a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws. He also holds the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala.
Asuman Kiyingi who currently serves as the Leadership Code Tribunal Deputy Chairperson is a lawyer and politician.
He was the State Minister of Works in Uganda’s Cabinet, a position he was appointed to on 1 March 2015, replacing John Byabagambi, who was appointed Minister of Works and Transport.
Prior to that, from 27 May 2011 until 1 March 2015, he was the State Minister of Foreign Affairs for Regional Affairs. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011 replacing Isaac Musumba, who was dropped from the cabinet at that time.
Before that, he served as the State Minister for Lands from 2009 until 2011 representing Bugabula County South, Kamuli District.
Who is Prof. Oweyegha-Afunaduula?
Born 72years ago to Charles Afunaduula Ovuna and Stephania Kyabwe, Afunaduula was born in a family of over 50 children. His father who died in 2007 was a former speaker of the Busoga Kingdom Lukiiko and founded the Luuka Football Club, which was the first soccer club in Busoga region.
His father was also a debater, guitarist and sports lover who had a UPC background and was very influential.
Afunaduula went to Ikumbya Primary School in Iganga District before joining Mwiri Primary School in 1963 for his Junior One. While at Mwiri in 1964, I was baptized and confirmed on the same day, given the names Charles and Fred, but he dropped them because he liked something African.
He decided to take up the African names: ‘Oweyegha’ and ‘Afunaduula’.
After completing his primary education, he proceeded to the senior level at Busoga College Mwiri (1966-1971).
He left Busoga College Mwiri in 1971 and joined the University of Dar es Salaam in 1972 to pursue Zoology, Botany and Geography.
In 1991, he applied to do a PhD at Makerere University under the sponsorship of the African Wildlife Foundation. He also applied to become a lecturer.
As a staff member at Makerere University, he held many positions such as Secretary General of MUASA (Makerere University Academic Staff Association), Assistant Secretary General MUASA, and Publicity Secretary Makerere Convocation.
He was the longest serving Secretary General of MUASA from 1996 up to 2002. During his tenure, MUASA made many achievements, including pushing for a pay increase for workers and keeping political interference at bay.
After his retirement, Afunaduula was serving as Chairman of the Nile Basin Discourse and a volunteer with the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE).