- Thursday, 16 August 2012
- By Admin
Touching moment president met Ugandan namesake he held as a baby in 1998.
Named after former U.S. President Bill Clinton, a Ugandan boy who was held by the politician as a baby has met him again, 14 years on. While he was president, Clinton visited a village in Uganda in 1998 to meet the baby boy named after him because he was born in the same month that the president first arrived in Uganda.
Now a teenager, the Ugandan boy, whose full name is Master Bill Clinton Kaligani, was delighted to meet the former president again last Friday. The boy was flown to Entebbe, Uganda to have lunch with Clinton and according to AllAfrica.com, Bill had to miss an exam to keep his lunch date with the man he said has had such an impact on his life. According to Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor he said: ‘I feel good. He told me he also wanted me to be a doctor, that I should work hard and pass in my studies.’ : Since his visit in 1998 where he visited the Kisowera school, Clinton has supported various initiatives to better African children's education and health
His mother Betty Namugosa said: ‘(Clinton) was very happy to see the boy. He asked him what he wants and the boy informed him he wants to become a doctor. ‘He promised to look after his “son” in every way.’
Through his foundation, Clinton has supported and set up various initiatives to support education, the provision of hearing aids and averting childhood deaths due to diarrhoea.