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Reality Check on Multiparty Politics in Uganda

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“Rather than keeping quiet and dying with these critical ideas, I have decided to write the political issues I have been observing over a period of time,” said the courageous author.

“Rather than keeping quiet and dying with these critical ideas, I have decided to write the political issues I have been observing over a period of time,” said the courageous author.

Assoc. Prof. Yasin Olum, School of Social Sciences, Makerere UniversityThe re-introduction of multiparty democracy in Uganda is now in its fifth year. Rather than sitting and watching as events unfold, our very own, Dr. Yasin Olum has decided to courageously put it on paper.

Dr. Yasin Olum, a renowned political science a scholar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, School of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

He has authored a book titled: “Reality Check: Multiparty Politics in Uganda.”

This book, which was launched on Tuesday 13th December 2011 presents an assessment of the development, challenges and prospects of multiparty politics in Uganda. The author, Dr. Yasin Olum informed the academics, scholars, staff and students gathered in the Main Hall that he had used the lense of history to be able to trace where Uganda is coming from in multi-party politics.

Key lessons from the book: It will always be difficult for a semi-authoritarian regime to allow a fully fledged multiparty system to thrive. That such a semi-authoritarian regime will always endeavor to amass all it can. Sometimes, being tempted to tamper with the Constitution! You will also appreciate the role of religion, ethnicity and women in multiparty politics in Uganda.

Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe (R) represented the Vice Chancellor at the Book Launch. Left is the Author Assoc. Prof. Yasin OlumOn behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Barnabas Nawangwe, Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) commended the author for a brilliant publication detailing major events that have influenced the political, legal, economic and social spheres in this
country.

Dr. Nawangwe said he would work with his team in CEDAT to write a book on the role of technology in multiparty politics.

At the book launch, the academicians were tasked to reflect on these questions: “Why has the role of the academia diminished in political debates?” Where are the voices of the academicians and scholars in the oil debates?

The author, Dr. Yasin Olum said that in case anyone had a divergent opinion, or felt that some ideas had been left out, they should write another book to counter his publication.

The Book was published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

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For details, please contact the author:

Associate Professor Yasin Olum,
Department of Political Science and Public Administration,
E-mail: yolum@ss.mak.ac.ug

 

 

 

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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