Parliament this week paid tribute to the late businessman Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige commonly known as BMK and passed a motion to have Wampewo Avenue in Kampala city renamed after him.
Wampewo Avenue stretches from the Jinja road roundabout adjacent to the ministry of Internal Affairs to Upper Kololo Terrace road, above Kololo airstrip. It is the same avenue where one of BMK's investments; Hotel Africana and BMK building are located.
The late Kibirige died last week, losing a six-year-old battle with cancer. Several MPs on Wednesday took to the floor of the house to pay tribute to a selfless man who supported the needy and the poor and thrived in his business genuinely.
This was in response to a motion tabled by the Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko who informed parliament that the late contributed to the development of the country's tax base, tourism and that he was not a person who shunned competition like most business people.
Nsereko also asked parliament to support the renaming of Wampewo Avenue to BMK Avenue to honour the work BMK has done for the country.
"I can describe BMK as courageous, humble, simple, generous, visionary, equitable, warm-hearted, polite and finally pan-African. Honourable members with those few justifications, I would like to persuade this house to join me in the prayer that I have sought that we pay tribute, recognise his contribution and also rename the Wampewo Avenue and persuade the minister for Kampala or enjoin on her as parliament to get council change the name immediately from Wampewo Avenue to BMK. Wampewo Avenue was for the impalas but now we have Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige Avenue," said Nsereko.
The motion was seconded by the Igara East MP Michael Mawanda and government chief whip Thomas Tayebwa who both supported the idea of renaming Wampewo Avenue and eulogized him as a person who has supported and assisted many Ugandans.
Earlier, Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago said that naming the roads was not the mandate of parliament but that of KCCA. But the deputy speaker of parliament Anita Among said that under the Kampala Capital City Authority Act, the government has the powers over KCCA.