By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has on Saturday July 25 praised Pius Bigirimana, the Secretary to the Judiciary for being an active civil servant and loyal cadre.
The president said Pius Bigirimana was fought in the Office of the Prime Minister for being active.
“Because of being active, he was fought in the Office of the Prime Minister and I moved him to Ministry of Gender where he did wonderful work,” Mr. Museveni who was launching Bigirimana’s two books on coronavirus lockdown said.
The books are, “The Corona Lockdown Chronicles” and “Abundance Mentality” (2nd edition).
He congratulated him on authoring these books.
“I commend him for wearing spectacles that are able to see the opportunities. His “I can do it” attitude is very commendable’, he said
In taking about “abundance mentality”, Museveni said Bigirimana is simply referring to the immense opportunities available in Uganda, which leaders and others should tap into for the good of their communities.
‘Abundance Mentality’ is a story of Bigirimana’s rise from a barefooted boy in remote Kisoro to become a permanent secretary.
‘The Corona Lockdown Chronicles’ is a compilation of experiences and lessons of the Bigirimana family from April to May when the country was under mandatory lockdown owing to the outbreak of the Covid-19.
At the same function, Acting Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, who has known Bigirimana since the 1980s, said the President was apt to label him “a pumpkin seed” because he is already sprouting and soon flourishing.
“The example of Pius is important to this country. This is a challenge to all of us that before we die, we should put our life experiences in writing. We owe it to society,” said Owiny-Dollo.
Pius Bigirimana, who was accompanied by his immediate family, thanked President Museveni for his physical presence and for hosting them in State House to launch his books.
“I truly thank you all for being part of my journey and hope you will enjoy reading these two books,” Bigirimana said.
Pius Bigirimana said apart from writing the books, the lockdown gave him time to internalise the communication by the President on the real economy versus vulnerable economy.
“This is a
rich paper which I have in its entirety made to form part of the book for the
people to read,” he added.
He thanked the President for supporting the recently-passed Administration of Judiciary Act and projects like the construction of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Present at the book launch were the Principal Judge, Flavian Zeija, Bufumbira South MP Sam Bitangaro, among others.
Bigirimana previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister before moving to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
President Museveni said Bigirimana was the whistleblower that brought to light the grand corruption that was happening at OPM.