MAK: After ten years of construction, Lumumba Hall finally opened in 1971 as the biggest Hall for male students on campus. It was named after Congo Kinshasa’s renowned freedom fighter Patrick Lumumba. Shortly after its opening, Idi Amin’s Soldiers invaded Mary Stuart hall and Lumumba students who up to now call themselves elephants fought back to repulse the soldiers. It’s from here that a one Gongom lost his life. Today, the hall has a monument in his name honored by most students. Residents also brag that they harbor the ‘spirit’ of Gongom that wins battles.
It’s from this that we refer to Lumumba as the power house of Makerere. That’s why they are so rife with strikes that often cloud their events; to some students and alumni, they always look forward to them, to settle pending issues immediately.