Some forumists have said a few uncharitable things about Gen. Moses Ali. Ironically, this was in response to the story about the new developments at IUIU for which Gen. Moses Ali has worked tirelessly.
I wish to make a modest contribution to this debate by listing a few positive things that I know about him to dispel the wrong impression that some people might have formed about him as a result of those submissions:
Until a couple of years ago, Gen. Moses Ali was a Member of IUIU University Council and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the same University. He had been in this position for more than a decade. If there is any progress that the University registered during this period, I believe Moses Ali was part of the efforts that led to that progress.
- In the early nineties, in what came to be known as Haq saga when the former IUIU Rector from Bangladesh tried to kick out some senior Ugandan administrators from the University including Dr. Sengendo and Mr. Haruna Chemisto , Gen. Moses Ali was at the forefront of those who stood their ground and resisted this unfair dismissal. The saga ended by the dismissal of Prof. Haq instead.
A few years ago when government was closing its diplomatic Missions abroad due to budgetary constraints and Riyadh Mission was among those lined up for closure, Gen. Moses Ali is reported to have single handedly defended it during the Cabinet meetings that considered the matter. His core argument was that this Mission served Muslim Pilgrims to Makkah and that it would be unfair to them to close it. Riyadh Mission survived while Missions such as Paris. Bonn, Havanah and Lusaka were closed (though some of them have since been re-opened.)
During his tenure as a Minister of Tourism, several deserving Muslims from all parts of Uganda were appointed to serve on various Boards of government parastatals and institutions under the Ministry. I have a feeling that the good General had a hand in it. Of those I can remember are Mr. Chemisto from Kapchorwa and Hajj Kajoba from Kasawo, Bugerere who served on the Board of Uganda Wild Life Authority or whatever body was in charge of wildlife then. Another is Ms. Fatuma Nsereko, a lecturer at IUIU then who served on the Board governing Sheraton Hotel (Before its privatization).
- Those are only a few things I can recall in the last 15 years. However as we all know, Gen. Ali served in Amin government as a Minister of Finance under whose docket fell the responsibility to distribute the properties and businesses of the departed Asians. Many people who were old enough then talk highly of his even-handedness in the distribution of these properties and of his efforts to empower Muslims to do business. Not to mention the ease with which performed Hajj at that time thank to the foreign exchange afforded by the Ministry of Finance.
I have met many people from West Nile and elsewhere who owe their education to Gen. Moses Ali.While I do not know the extent of his role in the ongoing unfortunate developments in IUIU, I think it is only fair to acknowledge that he is an elder in the community and has made substantial contribution to its development. As such, he deserves our respect.
UMBS forumist in Jeddah
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