The elite Ugandans have been challenged to invest much of their time in writing books so as to preserve their culture and develop their nations.
The call was made by Bishop Stuart University Legal Advisor and the former permanent representative of Uganda to the United Nations, Ambassador Prof. Francis Butagira, who said this will save the country from having many educated people who are illiterate.
Amb. Butagira made the comments while handing over a donation of 20 copies of his publication (books) entitled “International Diplomacy” to Bishop Stuart University. The event took place at Butagira & Co Advocates in Mbarara City on 04th November 2021 and was attended by the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha and some University Top Management officials among others in observance of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) restrictions.
His book entitled “International Diplomacy” covers a compendium of his speeches taken from United Nations documents. The book covers issues ranging from economic matters, conflict resolution, multilateralism, environment among others.
Amb. Butagira challenged Western countries to promote homegrown democracy rather than pushing their mode of democracy on developing countries. He insisted that in developing countries with many tribes the priority should be focused on building the nation first before introducing their democracy of one man one vote.
Bishop Stuart University Vice-chancellor, Prof.Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha hailed Butagira for the donation especially in this period when the University is marking 20 years of existence and appealed to every academician to publish books arguing that those who don’t do so are doing a disservice to their professions.
Kamatenesi also applauded Butagira for his mentorship role to many Ugandan academicians, especially young lawyers.
His belief biography
Born in 1942, Butagira is a Ugandan lawyer, judge, politician and retired diplomat. He served as a member of parliament and as speaker of the Ugandan parliament from 1980-1985. He also served as an Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, Germany, Austria, and the Vatican. He was also Uganda’s permanent representative to the UN in New York from 2003 to 2009.