The Makerere University Secretary, Mr. David Kahundha Muhwezi, was recognized as one of the Visionaries in an awards ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi on 6th Dec. 2013 at the Serena Hotel in Kampala. The awards ceremony, the first of its kind, set out to recognize companies and individuals who have made/are making a contribution towards realization of Uganda’s Vision 2040. This vision, as stated by Government, sets out to achieve ‘A transformed society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.’
Mr. Muhwezi was recognised for championing good governance at Makerere University. As the first Board Secretary of the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS), he enforced compliance of contribution remittances to the Custodian and monitored the investment of funds by the Fund Managers. These efforts are highlighted in the Visionaries book; THE VISIONARIES OF UGANDA HAND BOOK, which was launched on the same day by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi. His award certificate reads ‘In recognition of your outstanding contribution to the Nation’s Development. Your commitment towards the socio-economic transformation of Uganda has earned you this esteemed honour.’
“As the first Board Secretary, I did a lot to see that the scheme works. I also initiated the Governance Website <http://governance.mak.ac.ug> in Makerere University and I have used numerous channels to preach the ideals of good governance to both internal and external stakeholders of Makerere University,” he said in an interview about the recognition. Mr. Muhwezi worked in the Finance Department in various capacities since 1994, before rising to the position of University Secretary.
He however believes that the award is for the entire University. “It is not a Muhwezi achievement but the Institution’s. The efforts that individuals put in at all levels have led to this recognition. It is a vote of confidence in us all and I take this opportunity to thank the entire team. As an Accounting Officer, I have provided oversight to the initiatives in this institution including the Presidential Initiative but a bigger team is appreciated for the successful implementation which has helped further boost donor and public confidence in Makerere University,” he asserted.
The Prime Minister challenged the organizers to profile community and social leaders who go unnoticed yet they too make contributions. “Establish a link with the national honours in the Office of the President to ensure that these are also captured. The national honors are not a preserve of politicians,” he emphasized.
Among the other people recognised included Hon. Betty Bigombe, Hon. Justice Benjamin Odoki, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prof. Badru Kateregga, Prof. Elijah Mushemezi, Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli, and Prof. Lawrence Mukiibi. The companies recognized included Britania Industries, Roko Construction, Case Medical Centre, Butabika Hospital, Farm Support Ltd and Swift Safari Buses.
Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
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.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- 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.
- 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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
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.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF 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.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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- Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4
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