Kampala — In death, as in life, Makerere University veteran scientist, Dr Moses Kizza Musaazi, stands tall as an innovator with an enduring impact on society.
His signature invention - MakPads - remains a household name for high quality and affordable sanitary pads that has enabled thousands of girls across Uganda keep in school.
Dr Musaazi, a selfless innovator who has won both local and international acclaim, succumbed to lung cancer at Doctors Hospital in Sseguku off Entebbe Road in Wakiso District, where the family had taken him when he collapsed at home on Tuesday.
He had a day earlier been treated at Nakasero hospital in Kampala and discharged.
Having joined Makerere University on April 25, 1975, Dr Musaazi had been a mainstay in the College of Engineering, Design, Arts and Technology, where his inventions and skills have inspired many scientists in the country.
For the Makerere family, whose active service he left in 2011, Dr Musaazi continued to nurture upcoming scholars and researchers as a goodwill ambassador and invested his energies and resources in coming up with innovative solutions to meet emerging development challenges.
At a funeral service at St Francis Chapel Makerere yesterday, the works of Dr Musaazi, who died at 69 years, spoke for him through the dignitaries.
But in an unusual departure from practice, no wreaths were laid on his casket because he was opposed to it and only preferred that mourners support his funeral in monetary terms. And those who eulogised him only spoke English out of turn because Dr Musaazi had wished that only Luganda be spoken throughout his funeral rites.
"From Dr Musaazi, I have learnt that little is needed to make a difference. So let us use the little we have to change lives of people for the better," said the Nnabagereka, Ms Sylvia Nagginda.
Ms Nagginda, who worked with Dr Musaazi as a board member of her charity, the Nabagereka Development Foundation, said the deceased's decision to reach out to a poor family at Kalakyi in Mukono and build a low-cost house for them, was a true testimony of his innovation.
The Nnabagereka said Dr Musaazi used his own Shs6 million to build a permanent three-bedroom house for the family that had lived in a dilapidated shelter for decades. Building of low-cost housing units was one of Dr Musaazi's innovations.
The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, hailed Dr Musaazi as one of the most illustrious scientists that ever served the institution because of his many gifts veiled in his "humble, down-to-earth" nature.
"This great mind has been a source of numerous innovations such as the MakPads and Interlocking Soil Stabilising Bricks. These have transformed countless lives of school-going girls and refugees, creating hundreds of jobs for poor youth and redefining low-cost housing," Prof Nawangwe said.
The widow, Ms Sarah Musaazi, told the children to emulate their father in being kind, humble, and developmental. Dr Musaazi leaves behind a widow and five children. His remains will today be laid to rest at his home in Nsangamo Village, Masaka District.
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Publish date : 2018-09-20 08:24:51