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Makerere Honours President Museveni, H.E. Rashid M. Kawawa (posthumous)



True to the African adage that rain is a sign of good luck; dawn broke on this 12th Day of the 12th Month of the year 2010 with rain-laden clouds stretching as far as the eye could see.

True to the African adage that rain is a sign of good luck; dawn broke on this 12th Day of the 12th Month of the year 2010 with rain-laden clouds stretching as far as the eye could see.

On this historical day, Makerere University would not only honour one but two of Africa’s most illustrious leaders.

Hon. Rukikaire addresses the congregationHis Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni received an Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) of Makerere University, in respect of his outstanding achievements and exceptional contribution to the advancement of humanity; in particular his commitment to Agricultural modernisation and value addition, Education, Science, Technology, Innovative leadership and Women Empowerment.

Additionally, His Excellency Mzee Rashid Mfaume Kawawa was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) of Makerere University posthumously, as he unexpectedly passed away on 31st December 2009, a few days shy of receiving his award at the 60th Graduation ceremony of Makerere University in January 2010. As such, the award of the Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees was postponed to this day, in respect of the memory of the late Mzee Rashid Mfaume Kawawa.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addresses the congreation after his confermentThe Vice Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba’s speech was brief and centered on the role of higher education. He expressed hope that the salaries of Scientists as well as academic staff would be enhanced as budgeted for in the 2010-2011 financial year and that the Government of Uganda would invest more in research and development. He then recognized the President’s contribution to the Nation of Uganda “Your Excellency the President, It is because of your outstanding achievements as President of the Republic of Uganda that Makerere University unanimously resolved to award you an Honorary Doctor of Laws.”

In his remarks, Hon. Matthew Rukikaire the Chairman Makerere University Council thanked H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and the Government of Uganda for creating an enabling environment that has fostered sustainable national development in Uganda, “In particular, I wish to applaud Your Excellency for Government support to Makerere University, and for the stability and peace we have experienced,” added Hon. Rukikaire.

Hon. Rukikaire extolled the President for his support to Innovations at Makerere, the most popular being “The Kiira –EV” Uganda’s first electric car, thus named on the recommendation of President Museveni.

Professor Mondo Kagonyera in his usual oratory way expressed his gratefulness to the President for his personal commitment to supporting scientific and technological innovations at Makerere University.

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Pictures courtesy Nelson Wesonga & Moturi Joshua



Speech by the Chancellor MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

Speech by the Chairman Council MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

Speech by the Vice Chancellor MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

Citation for H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version

Citation for H.E Mzee Rashid Mfaume Kawawa MS Word Version, PDF Version, Postscript Version



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Speech by the Chairman Council Part 1 of 1

Speech by the Vice Chancellor Part 1 of 1

Acceptance Speech by Ms.Rehema Kawawa Part 1 of 1



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Dr. Martin Aliker – Celebrating A Life Well Lived



Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) at the successful conclusion of the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run (MakRun) on Sunday 25th March 2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness.

The Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt with great sorrow of the death of your beloved head, Dr. Martin Aliker. Please accept our sincerest condolences during this trying time.

Dr. Aliker joined Makerere College then in 1948 and shortly thereafter received a scholarship to join Northwestern University, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Political Science. Being an ardent student, he also earned a Fulbright Fellowship at Northwestern University, and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, later becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Aliker has throughout his long and well-lived life projected an enviable brand, reflective of a professional and hardworking gentleman who has excelled in all walks of life as a distinguished alumnus, scholar, influential business leader, entrepreneurial mentor, and one of Uganda’s and indeed Africa’s and the Commonwealth’s leading senior citizens.

The name Dr. Martin Aliker has stood the test of time as one attributable to dedicated service with impeccable integrity, tested and proven business acumen, making him a distinguished source of inspiration to both the young and old. It was therefore with great pride that Makerere University on 17th July 2014 appointed him as the Chairperson of the pioneer Board of Trustees in charge of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF).

Under his stewardship, the Inaugural Board had at the end of their term in 2019 grown MakEF’s onshore fund from nothing in 2014 to UGX 1.5 Billion, while the offshore fund was valued at 1.5 Million GBP.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Dr. Martin Aliker’s inspirational life and pray that the good Lord will comfort you his beloved and rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio, Our Longest Serving DVC Rests



It is with great sorrow, that the Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt of the death of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio.

Our heartfelt consideration goes out to the family upon the loss of a loving Father, Grandfather, Mentor, Son and dear friend. Please accept our sincere condolences. We commit you to God our Father, who alone knows the plans He has for each and every one of us.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was our longest-serving Deputy Vice Chancellor (1993 – 2004), and the last to serve in that position before the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act enacted the two positions of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration). He was not only a great administrator, but also a great academic who selflessly contributed to Makerere University’s transformation. He served humanity with a lot of dedication and touched many lives in Uganda and beyond.

On 16th February 1973, Epelu-Opio took up his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy, in the then Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He embarked on his PhD in Veterinary Anatomy the same year and completed it in 1976. Prior to that, he had completed his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (1967 – 1971) and Master of Science in Veterinary Anatomy (1971 – 1973) both from the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was an ardent student who during his undergraduate studies at the University of Nairobi served as Research Assistant to Prof. RR Hofmann and Prof. Frederick Ian Bantubano Kayanja. He carried on this passion into his graduate studies, where he served as Temporary Technician and Demonstrator to undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi.

Shortly after completing his PhD, in 1977 he took up the role of Senior Scientific Officer with the Animal Productivity Research Unit (APRU) of the National Committee for Scientific Research (NCSR) in Lusaka, Zambia, until 1982.

Upon his return, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the then Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1984 when he was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor in the same Department.

In 1985, he was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a four-month course in Animal Reproduction at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden, with emphasis on Radioimmunoassay techniques for assessing reproductive performance. That same year, he was appointed Head, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1990.

During his time as Head of Department, in 1989 Prof. Epelu-Opio was appointed to the rank of Professor. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy-Vice Chancellor, a position he held until he attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 in 2004. He presided over this office during the delicate time when Makerere transitioned from admitting strictly Government-sponsored students to accepting privately-sponsored students. We are grateful that this worked out well and under his supervision, many deserving Ugandans gained access to quality University education.

Beyond the gates of Makerere, Prof. Epelu-Opio was a respected Statesman and elder, whose work as the pioneer Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Teso contributed to the restoration of peace in the sub-region. We are grateful that as a prolific writer, he documented his efforts in; Teso War 1986-1992: Causes and Consequences, a book published by Fountain Publishers.

We therefore stand with the Epelu-Opio family, friends, the Uganda Veterinary Association and all those whose lives he touched upon the loss of this great man. We are nevertheless comforted by the fact that this gallant alumnus did not hide his candle under the covers but lit so many other candles, which will continue to shine bright and perpetuate his legacy.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio’s life and pray that the good Lord will rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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HERS-EA Seventh Academy



Participants listen to Prof. Maggie Kigozi deliver her keynote address at the HERS-EA Sixth Academy on 3rd July 2023. Photo: Twitter/@HadjahBadr. Grand Global Hotel, Makerere Kikoni, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.


Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) Academy provides an intensive leadership and management development curriculum which equips women with skills needed to advance their personal career development and successfully navigate the institutional environment where they operate. The goal of the HERS-EA training is to raise the proportion of women in leadership and management positions in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda).

The program is focused on managing and leading change, human resource development and institutional effectiveness. The Academy prepares every participant to strengthen and expand her leadership skills by working closely with HERS-EA resource persons and staff. Participants will find the Academy to be a safe environment to share confidential matters.

Following six previous successful Academies, the Seventh HERS-EA ACADEMY will be offered in a one-week blended (virtual and in-person) format (July 19 – 25, 2024), we hope you can be part of the success story. This Academy will be a special one because we expect to be joined by collaborative researchers from USA, it will be part of the 10th Anniversary and it will be hosted by Gulu University in Northern Uganda. It will also include an excursion to a refugee camp, to generate further collaborative research ideas and another, to Murchison Falls National Park, for our wellbeing and reflection session; you won’t want to miss it!

Theme: “Rethinking Women Leadership for the 21st Century

Please see Downloads below for details and the application form.

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