First Lady hosts Lord Rumi Verjee

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The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mrs Janet Museveni has held a meeting with Lord Rumi Verjee, a Ugandan born British businessman and a Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom.

Lord Rumi Verjee who is an Asian born in Uganda’s Mengo Hospital, now a successful business mogul in the United Kingdom and a philanthropist to needy communities, is in Uganda to explore investment opportunities and how to start charity projects in the country.

He was accompanied to the meeting at Nakasero State House by Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to Italy Kassam Mumtaz on Thursday.

Lord Rumi Verjee expressed his wish to establish connections with Government leaders and other stakeholders so that his dream of building a new city in East Africa can be realized. He said the new city that will have modern facilities and services will also help address the challenges of brain drain in the East Africa region.

Mrs Janet Museveni welcomed the idea of a new city saying that she has always wondered whether a new expansive and organized city could ever be built.

She thanked Lord Verjee for supporting community work in Uganda. Among other things, through the ‘Build Tomorrow’ programme, his foundation and other partners plan to construct 20 schools in Uganda in the next 2 years.

She requested him to help identify some people to invest in Karamoja mentioning the need for someone to invest in establishing recreational facilities in the region that will attract even more tourists to the area.

The meeting was also attended by Ambrose Tashobya the first Vice President Uganda Olympic Committee and the President of Uganda Basketball Association who has been partnering with Lord Rumi Verjee in the field of sports.