24 October 2016

Uganda: Pace Throws Fete for Outgoing Country Head

Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education (PACE), an international non-governmental organisation, held a farewell party for its outgoing executive director, while welcoming the new one, at Victoria restaurant, Sheraton hotel Kampala, on Friday.

Zach Akinyemi, the outgoing ED, said PACE had made significant progress in growth and in reaching many people while improving lives.

"Today, we are here to have fun, share eats and drinks together. Though it is one of my last days in Uganda, the country I have worked in for the last three and half years, I still feel this is home and I will miss being here. But I have put a strong team in place and I am not worried about PACE as I go back to Nigeria," he said.

With eats and drinks flowing, guests were serenaded by Qwela band.

Speaking at the event, Vinand Nantulya, the chairperson, Uganda Aids Commission (UIA) praised Akinyemi as a hardworking fellow who championed Uganda into receiving funding from the Global Fund.

Nantulya joked that he had known Akinyemi for long and had promised to give him a land title, so that he could stay in Uganda forever, on condition that he took a Ugandan as a second wife, an offer Akinyemi had declined.

Before the end of the event that was crowned by cutting of a cake and handing out gifts to the family of Akinyemi, Dorothy Balaba was introduced as the new PACE executive director, something that sent guests into wild cheers.

Balaba will be the first Ugandan to head the organization's country office.


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