Vipers FC president Lawrence Mulindwa is set to receive an honorary doctorate degree from London Graduate School (Commonwealth University) for his distinguished contributions and achievements in the education and sports sectors.
The former Fufa president will pick the award at the 15th Dubai Leadership Summit slated for December 12-14.
Among other achievements, Mulindwa is recognised for being the first Ugandan to build a stadium and singlehandedly building a competitive football club (Vipers) that represented Uganda at last year’s Caf Confederations Cup.
He has also been instrumental in the education sector through his school, St Mary’s SS Kitende. After receiving news of the pending award, Mulindwa told The Observer that such international recognition is testament to his continued passion for not only sports but for the wellbeing of humanity in general.
“I feel great that, internationally, people appreciate the works I am doing to touch people’s lives. This award is not given to everyone; it is given to distinguished personalities,” Mulindwa said.
Through Mulindwa Foundation, the former Fufa president offers over 600 bursaries every year to orphans, disadvantaged and disabled children. His foundation also takes care of old people and widows.
Currently, Mulindwa employs hundreds of people at Vipers including players, coaching staff, support staff and service providers. He also employs hundreds at his Kitende school.
“We all can’t have the same means; so, I call on those that God has given more wealth to help those in need. It is all about sharing. They should do things that touch people’s lives. I may have owned a fleet of vehicles for public transport but that only helps me as an individual. So, they should do things that help the entire public.”
Mulindwa’s secretary for nine years Agnes Kyeyune believes this award is long overdue.
“I have worked in four other schools but I never met an administrator like this one and don’t think I will meet any other. He is just unique. He is a rich man who identifies the downtrodden, listens to everyone irrespective of class or circumstance and is always to offer help,” she fondly says.
“This recognition by an international university is a fulfilment of his goodness. If it were up to me, I would have honoured him a long time ago.”