KOBOKO. The family of Late Francis Ayume has appealed to the government to fulfill a pledge it made to the people of Koboko in honour of their fallen father during his burial in May 2004.

During his burial at Dranya Sub county Koboko district, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to build and furnish Ayume memorial secondary school in honour of the former spearker of parliament.

Late Ayume served as attorney general and speaker of parliament of Uganda. He had also served as a solicitor general and Member of Parliament representing Koboko County before it gained autonomy from Arua. He died in a motor accident at Nakosongola along the Kampala Gulu highway.

His son, Dr Charles Ayume, who was accompanied by his mother Elizabeth Ayume was speaking while presiding over a combined fundraising drive to roof the administration block and inauguration of students’ leaders at Ayume Memorial secondary school over the weekend.

Dr Ayume, who is the assistant director Health Monitoring Unit Uganda, said if government took over the school as planned, facilities in the school like laboratories, classrooms and recruitment of teachers would have been done to enhance learning of over 500 students enrolled in the school than organizing fundraisings to build them.

Dr Charles AyumeDr Charles Ayume recieves a tree seedling to be planted infront of the new administration block. PHOTOS BY GEOFFREY ANGUPALE

He said there is need to expand the school especially in building an examination hall to accommodate senior four candidates for Uganda Certificate in Education (UCE) examinations.

He challenged the students in the school to emulate his father who was a professional lawyer and a big pillar in Uganda’s politics and societies.

He urged the students to work hard, be disciplined and committed to achieve excellent performance in the rural school.

The head teacher, Mr Isaiah Moki said the management of the school could not tie its hands as they wait for government support which is not forthcoming yet the needs were urgent.

“With the support of the parents, we are able to build dormitories, Kitchen, teachers’ houses and a class block with classrooms”

Moki said consideration of the school was affected by the ban on considering new schools for government grand aiding since 2010 in the country but they went with Dr. Charles up to the office of the director of education who pledged to consider the school in this financial year.

He said they have achieved a lot as a young community secondary school in academics where they registered five candidates in first grade last year and won three trophies in games and sports due to high discipline and team spirit despite facing numerous challenges.

The OBs and OGs of the school acknowledge that the school would help to produce more useful citizens if the government builds more structures in the school since the institution is renting dormitories from the nearby homes to accommodate students.

Ayume memorial secondary school was started by his widow Ms Elizabeth Ayume the current RDC of Koboko in 2001 in a makeshift building in Koboko town for girl child education but after his husband passed away in an accident; the district relocated it to the current place in Dranya sub-county and established it as a mixed school.

The fundraising organized aimed at raising over 16 million shillings required for roofing the administration block.