UGANDA (eTN) – Killian Lugwe, who came to Kampala in early 2004 to lead the Serena team taking charge at the then Nile Hotel International, and subsequently oversaw the transformation and rebuilding of the “shoebox” into the spectacular Kampala Serena Hotel – now a member of Leading Hotels of the World – was given a hero’s send off by his CEO, staff, clients, and the assembled corporate leadership from Uganda last Monday. After nearly 6 ¾ years in charge of Serena’s activities in Kampala, which also saw the acquisition under management of the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel on the shores of the lake, Killian was – in the words of his CEO Mahmud Janmohamed – promoted to take over the Nairobi Serena Hotel, for long the flagship of the group before the Kampala Serena came along, at least in the expressed opinion of the Kampala crowd attending the farewell party.
While paying glowing tribute to Killian, his CEO also announced that the Nairobi Serena would undergo substantial refurbishment and expansion over the next two years, and Killian was chosen to be at the helm of the hotel as a result of his brilliant performance in Kampala.
Taking over from Killian Lugwe is Mugo Maringa, who for the past three years managed the Kigali Serena Hotel, where in turn Charles Muya has taken over.
In a further fresh appointment, former Kampala number two to Killian Lugwe, Mr. Tuva, takes over the Mombasa Serena Beach Resort and Spa.
From the sentiments voiced by those in attendance, like the Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, or leading business leaders Prof. James Mulwana (Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Thailand) and Prof. Gordon Wavamunno (Honorary Consul of Hungary), and many others, it was clear that Killian had shed the mantle of being a Kenyan “import” and had become “one of ours,” a further testimony to his amicable nature and good standing in Kampala’s business circles in general and the hospitality industry in particular. From us it is Kwaheri ya Kuonana to Killian and his family and all the best wishes for the challenges ahead.