Makerere University College of Engineering Professor Anthony Geoffrey Genmungu Kerali is no more after he was found dead in his bedroom.
According to preliminary reports, the Professor died at his home on Plot 1, Prince Charles Drive in Kololo – Kampala and the cause of his death has not yet been established.
Kerali was a lecturer at Makerere’s College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).
Less than 24 hours before his death, he spurred a social media debate when he tweeted a controversial mind intriguing question about the number of Northerners that still live in Kololo, an up end suburb of Kampala.
“Someone at the golf club asked me an intriguing question. A former Justice of the Supreme Court. How many Northerners still live in Kololo? Sounded casual. But the point was noted. Only Dr Obote family, Dr Martin Aliker, and me. Why? Incredible simple question that exposes a lot.” Kerali tweeted.
Brian Billy Odongkara, an assistant lecturer at the Department of Construction Economics and Management says the deceased started the department in 2005.
Mr. Odongkara also praised the late and said that he will be remembered for training and mentoring many students in construction, economics and management in Uganda.
For his incredible construction designs, a section on the Kabale-Kisoro was named the ‘Kerali corner’ in recognition of his contribution to the design process.
Kerali was born in 1962 at Erusi village, Otanyi sub-county in Nebbi district to the late Mzee Claudio Mamba Kerali and Zebia Kerali. He studied a bachelor’s degree in science in civil engineering at Makerere, before going to Loughborough in the United Kingdom to study for a master’s degree in construction economics.
He later graduated with a PhD at Warwick University in material science. He is survived by two sons and a widow although he was living alone in Kololo. His body was taken to Mulago hospital for a post mortem.