Health & Fitness

Makerere professor seeks Shs300m for liver treatment


Senior Makerere University lecturer is seeking at least Shs 300m for further treatment in South Africa where he has been hospitalised for the last three months.

Professor Abbasi Kiyimba is a lecturer at the School of Literature, Languages and Communication and deputy Principal in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Please save Prof. Abbasi Kiyimba. Contribute to his treatment. His Mobile Money Account is 0772344316. That of team leading the fundraising: 0782584094/0702584094. Account: Uganda Muslim youth assembly. Tropical Bank Kampala Branch 0010004818,” wrote Sarah Kagingo, an Afro-optimist, PR Authority and executive director SoftPower Communications.

Imam Kasozi, the secretary general of Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly (UMYA), says Kiyimba’s liver shrunk and it can no longer hold blood, which eventually forces it to find alternative routes.

A car wash to save Kiyimba is underway today Saturday August 27, 2016 at Mawanga Washing Bay Munyonyo.

According to Kasozi, the public can also make their contributions through Prof Kiyimba’s office, Makerere University mosque or UMYA head offices.

Prof. Kiyimba was referred to Milpark hospital in South Africa by doctors at Mulago hospital after they failed to cure his condition.

Speaking from his home in Bugoba zone, Mukono district, the 58-year-old professor claimed to be improving but could not move from his hospital bed, stand up or even eat, according to media reports.

He will be returning to South Africa on September 26, 2016.


The appointments board at Makerere University promoted then Dr. Kiyimba to the academic rank of professor on July 11, 2012.

Prof. Kiyimba told The Observer that he submitted 22 publications including journal articles and books in Literature and Islam.

His publications include The Ghost of Idi Amin in Ugandan Literature, Music in Islam, The Ugandan Experience, Islam in Uganda through 140 Years, Modern Science in the Islamic Perspective and his recent translation of Okot p’Bitek’s classic poem, “Song of Lawino” to “Oluyimba Lwa Lawino”.

He also translated another work titled Titi La Mkwe to The Breast of the Daughter in-law.

Prof. Kiyimba graduated with a bachelors degree in Literature and English Language in 1982 and was appointed Teaching Assistant in the then department of Literature, Communication, Literary Stylistics and Oral Literature.

In 2001, he obtained a PhD in Oral Literature from the University of Dar es Salaam.

In addition to his extensive teaching and publishing experience, Prof. Kiyimba has worked as head of department and deputy dean of the faculty of Arts.


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