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Mak honors retired Members of Management



An outdoor party is a pleasant desire shared by many. With the gently blowing breeze and ample natural light, the setting cannot be any more perfect! This is what Makerere University held for her former Members of Management on Friday 9th July 2010 at the University Guest house gardens.

An outdoor party is a pleasant desire shared by many. With the gently blowing breeze and ample natural light, the setting cannot be any more perfect! This is what Makerere University held for her former Members of Management on Friday 9th July 2010 at the University Guest house gardens.

The ceremony, the first of its kind to be held for the retiring administrators, was graced by Mrs. Elizabeth Gabona who represented the Ministry of Education and Sports, the outgoing and current Members of Management, The Guild President, among other dignitaries.

Retiring Members of Management who were honored included the immediate former Vice-Chancellor-Professor Livingstone S. Luboobi, Dean of Students-Mr. John Ekudu Adoku and Academic Registrar-Mr. Amos Olal Odur. Others were former University Secretary-Mr. Sam Akorimo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration) Professor David Justin Bakibinga, and University Bursar Mr. Ben K. Byambabazi.

During the ceremony speaker after speaker spoke in appreciation of the out going management team for having served Makerere diligently and tirelessly.
“Some of them have served Makerere for over thirty years and others for over twenty years” remarked Professor Baryamureeba. “Some others have admitted to serving in spirit, for even before they joined Makerere University, they dreamt of serving here, and once here, they gave it their best” he added humorously.

Mrs. Gabona in her speech commended the ex-officials for their altruistic service to Makerere, specifically pointing out Professor Luboobi’s initiative, The Makerere University Private Sector Forum. She also rooted for the establishment of a retirement scheme as away of bidding farewell to retiring staff members.

The climax of the evening was during the prize giving ceremony, where all the honoraries each took home a Fresian cow among other accolades.

Professor Livingstone S. Luboobi, who had served Makerere University since 1969 in different capacities and as Vice-Chancellor from 2004-2009, was succeeded by Professor Venansius Baryamureeba; Professor David Justin Bakibinga Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration) 2004-2009 passed the baton to Dr. S.S. Tickodri-Togboa; University Secretary Mr. Sam Akorimo was the forerunner to Mr. Kahundha-Muhwezi; and the University Bursar who had served in that position from 1989 to his retirement in 2009, Mr. Ben K. Byambabazi was succeeded by Mr. Joshua Karamagi.

The Academic Registrar Mr. Amos Olal Odur (2004-2009), passed the torch to Mr. Alfred Masikye Namoah, and the dean of student Mr. John Ekudu-Adoku (1995 until July 2010) was succeeded by Mr. Cyriaco M. Kabagambe.


Article by Kogai Donald

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021



A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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