The late Bishop Dr. Josiah Kibira whose name JoKUCo bears
The Josiah Kibira University College (JoKUCo) of Tumaini University Makumira is located in Bukoba Rural District 10 km North of Bukoba Municipality in the Kagera Region of the United Republic of Tanzania. JoKUCo is a Christ-centred University College focusing all its programmes through the guidance of and obedience to the Word of God and by conducting and promoting higher education, learning, research, through scientific fact-finding and enquires, to all students and staff without discrimination.The Josiah Kibira University College of Tumaini University Makumira was born out of a decision taken in August 2008 by the Synod of the North-Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) governed and administered in accordance with the provisions of the constitution establishing it.The question that could be posed is why should the University College be named after Josiah Kibira?
The late Rt.Rev.Dr.Josiah Kibira, (1925-1988) was one of the great teachers, educators, religious leaders and one of religious ecumenical personalities. He served as a teacher during the colonial times but under a voluntary education agency, becoming also the first African deputy headmaster of a mission secondary school from 1955 to 1957;Pastor (1960-64) and eventually he was elected and consecrated as the first African Bishop of the North -Western Diocese (1964-1985). He was elected to be the president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) as its 6th president - first from the African continent - in the years 1977to 1984. He made a remarkable contribution to the diocesan spirit of offering social services as far as educational, health and diaconal services are concerned. It is because of his concern to the development of humankind mentally, spiritually and materially that JoKUCo bear his name.