Royalty and Loyalty combined in big volumes on Friday 20th November 2015 as the King of Tooro Kingdom, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV made his maiden entry into the gates of Makerere University. The King’s subjects who had patiently waited for his procession at the Main gate, prostrated before him, as a sign of their loyalty. They followed his procession, welcoming him with the tunes of Amakondere and other traditional songs from Tooro Kingdom, in praise of his leadership.
The King, who was in the company of other Royals including his paternal aunt, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, proceeded to first pay a courtesy call on the Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu who received him outside the Main building. As this delegation made its way to VC’s Office, the King’s subjects who were patiently waiting in the Main Hall rose to their feet to celebrate the fact that King Oyo was now in the Main building. He later descended to the Main hall and was received with ululations and uncontrollable praises of ‘Hangiriza agutamba. Hangiriza Rukirabashaija. Hangiriza omwebingwa. Hangiriza Entare ya Tooro’ as the audience in the Main hall exploded in euphoria.
In his remarks, Omukama Oyo expressed gratitude at the warm reception and thanked Makerere University for opening up to Tooro Kingdom. He was particularly grateful for the Fort Portal campus. “It gives me great pleasure to visit Makerere University, an institution which has existed since 1922. Makerere has remained one of the most prestigious Universities not only in Uganda but the whole of Africa. On behalf of Tooro Kingdom and myself, I wish to appreciate the wonderful reception you have accorded me and my entourage since I set foot at this mighty institution,” he said to a thunderous applause.
“I hope this visitation will go a long way to benefit our respective institutions. I thank the Makerere University Administration for creating a western campus in Tooro Kingdom, opened five years ago. This campus has helped our people in Tooro region to access quality education,” he added. “Through my time in school and the various walks in life, I have learnt a few lessons I wish to share some with you especially the young people in this room with the hope it will be helpful. The first one, believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend you do and at some point you will,” he advised as students applauded in agreement.
The King further advised the congregation especially the young people to hold onto their dreams, be disciplined, focus on their destiny, and respect cultural values. He cautioned the youth against engaging in inappropriate activities like drug abuse. King Oyo reached out to the Central Government, calling for support to the University capital fund tailored to support student innovations and business start-ups for fresh graduates.
Tooro Kingdom and Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to cement the relationship. The Vice Chancellor welcomed Tooro Kingdom’s initiative to work with Makerere University in skilling Ugandans, adding that the MoU will first be implemented in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
“The main objective of the MoU is to partner with your Kingdom to enhance each other’s areas of interest and development in order to stimulate growth of each party and contribute to societal transformation and national development. Makerere University shall execute this partnership through the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering to start with. Your Majesty, I have been informed that you would like to come back at a later date and visit more Colleges within Makerere University in order to establish further areas of collaboration. Your Majesty, you are most welcome,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor also presented a plaque to Omukama Oyo in recognition of his inspirational and noble leadership of Tooro Kingdom and socio-cultural transformation of society through inculcation of cultural ideals and principles.
The Guild President, H.E. David Bala who spoke on behalf of the Student body sincerely appreciated Omukama Oyo for prioritizing the visit to Makerere University. His visit was partly coordinated by the Makerere University Tooro Students Association (MUTOSA).
After signing the MoU, Omukama Oyo then proceeded to the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering where he planted a tree to commemorate his visit and toured both the new and old wings of the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centres. He then held a meeting the College Management to chart the way forward in implementation of the MoU.
Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
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.
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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