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I.K. Musaazi Lecture Paves Way for Independence Analysis



As part of celebrations to mark ninety years of Makerere University and fifty years of Uganda’s Independence, Makerere University held a memorial lecture in commemoration of the late Ignatius Kangave Musaazi, a national hero.

The late Musaazi was described by many speakers as a selfless nationalist who was bent towards building a better Uganda and voiced his views irrespective of the turbulent political environment of the 1970s.

The lecture, “I.K. Musaazi and the Essence of Independence” was presented by Prof. Horace Campbell a world renowned international peace and justice scholar based in the USA. In his presentation, Prof. Campbell challenged Ugandans to look at the next fifty years as a time of re-analyzing the true meaning of independence. He urged the nation to focus on consolidating the banana as a key economic resource, and challenged Makerere University to take lead in giving true meaning to independence.

Makerere needs to re-write the history of Uganda so that Ugandans understand the historical connections of all former leaders,” he said. He emphasized that the colonial administration introduced tribal divisions amongst Ugandans, an issue that needs to be dealt away with in the current quest for true independence. Prof. Campbell was optimistic that the realization of a true African union is just round the corner as long as all rights of people are recognized and the spirit of Pan-Africanism enhanced. He pointed out that the African continent has several advantages over other continents including a rich history of struggle, demographic cohesion, and a vision to unite which need to be harnessed for the continent to take off.

The First Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs at Makerere University, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, was grateful that the lecture is at this university where the late Musaazi once lectured. “Ignatius Musaazi was referred to as a trouble maker and he quit his job at Makerere University. He then started advocating for farmers’ demands. Makerere is thankful to the national organizing committee and the I.K. Musaazi foundation for bringing this lecture here,” she said.

The Guest of Honour, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi who represented the President described the lecture as a fitting tribute to the late Ignatius Musaazi. “It is significant that the lecture is in Makerere. It is priceless to the young people. Musaazi denounced colonial rule in Uganda and formed the first political party, the Uganda National Congress (UNC). He was true to his vision and was declared a national hero. As we celebrate fifty years, we need to be fully conscious that political independence must be seconded by economic independence,” he added.

Dr. S. Kayunga Simba, the Chair of Political Science and Public Administration Department at Makerere University said Musaazi was indeed a true nationalist who influenced the construction of the current parliamentary building and the National Theatre during his time as a member of Parliament.

The lecture was attended by government ministers including Hon. Muruli Mukasa and Hon. Tarsis Kabwegere, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, Makerere University Staff, students among others.

Story by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office


Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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