Hajji Idd Basajabalaba is the son of one of the richest men in East Africa, TYCOON HAJJI HASSAN BASAJABALABA. He is 29 years old but has already completed his masters Degree in Law from a London prestigious University.
Soft spoken and down to earth young man is currently a managing director of global Village Tea factory situated in Kyamuhunga town council in Bushenyi district. www.mknewslink.com managing editor WILBER MUHWEZI-KASIBANTE sat with him for 30 minutes to share his life experience, education, his childhood and future plans below are the excepts.
QN: Where did you go to school?
ANS: I went to Kashozi boarding primary school in Igara West in Bushenyi district for primary education. After Kashozi, I went to Kiburi senior secondary school for ordinary level [O’LEVEL] and then to Kawempe Moslem school for Advanced level. —–
QN: Which was your best subject in primary and secondary levels?
ANS: My best subject in primary school was social studies whereas in O’level and A’levels was History.
QN: How do you find it to be born by a parent who is extremely rich?
ANS: I find it normal but the only difference is that you learn a lot of things at a young age. Generally it’s a good learning experience.
QN: Which is your favorite meal?
ANS: Matooke and beans.
QN: What do you do during your free time?
ANS: Am all the time coordinating Business. I like trading. I don’t read any books. I finished reading books. Am now concentrating on business.
QN: Do you have a girl friend?
ANS: Yes, I have girl friend and we have a seven month baby called Aklan. My fiancé is called Tanisha aka Lenate.
QN: When do you intend to get married officially?
ANS: We are still planning for our wedding party to make our marriage official.
QN: When do you intend to do your PhD because your father believes too much in higher education?
ANS: I don’t find it important to do a PhD at this point in time. I want first concentrate on business. Mybe the issue of doing a PhD will come later in future. But for now, let me do business.
QN: Most of the youth like staying in cities but why is it that for you like upcountry especially Bushenyi district?
ANS: My business focus is now in upcountry towns like Bushenyi but when time comes and I have a need to go to the cities, I will do it.
QN: What do you want to be in the next 20 years?
ANS:I cannot gauge myself at this time because I have just finished one year trading. Therefore its hard to forecast myself in next 20 years.
QN:Your father Hajj Hassan Basajabalaba likes politics too much, would you also want to join at some point in future?
ANS: I don’t find any problem with politics but its too early to tell you that I want to join politics.
QN: Would you want to start a charity organization in future to help the needy because people who know you well say you are generous?
ANS: As a lawyer, I want to start a legal aid purposely to sensitize people of this area on land rights, domestic rights, succession, land distribution and human rights generally.
QN: What is your last word?
ANS: I want to appeal to young people like me to work hard. Majority young people don’t want to work. Its absurd.
QN: But they graduate and can’t find jobs for even more than five years and they are just walking on streets?
ANS: This goes back to the question you asked me, why am upcountry whereas young people like me want to be in cities all the time? My simple and humble advice to those graduates is to go back to their villages and use their parents’ land to do agriculture. They should first settle in the villages do agriculture and after gaining capacity then go back to cities and towns.