Parliament has paid respect to late businessman Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige, also known as BMK, by passing a resolution to rename Kampala’s Wampewo Avenue after him.
Wampewo avenue runs from the Jinja road roundabout at the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the upper Kololo terrace road, which runs above the airfield. It’s on the same street as one of his investments, the Hotel Africana, and the BMK Building.
Kibirige passed away last week after a six-year struggle with cancer. Several members of Parliament walked to the floor of the House yesterday to pay tribute to a selfless man who helped the poor and needy while thriving in his business.
This was in response to a resolution presented in parliament by Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, who stated that the late contributed to the development of the country’s revenue base and tourism, and that he was not a guy who shied away from competition like other business people.
Nsereko also requested that Wampewo Avenue be renamed BMK Avenue in appreciation of the efforts he has done for the country.
The motion was backed by Michael Mawanda, MP for Igara East, and Thomas Tayebwa, the government chief whip, who both supported the concept of renaming Wampewo Avenue and eulogized him as a person who has supported and benefited many Ugandans.
Earlier, Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago argued that naming the roads was KCCA’s responsibility, not Pariament’s. However, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among stated that the government has control over the KCCA under the Kampala Capital City Authority Act.