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Outgoing MURBS Trustees Handover Amidst Praises

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The terms of the outgoing Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) Trustees came to an end on 31st March 2017, marking what was described by many as a very successful tenure. Speaker after speaker heaped praises on the Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde-chaired Board of Trustees (BoT) at a lively handover ceremony held on Monday 3rd April 2017 in the Senate Conference Hall, Makerere University.

Notable among the outstanding achievements during the BoT’s tenure was the near doubling of the fund’s original value to the tune of UGX 78.2billion as reported at the close of the 2015/2016 Financial Year, and winning the coveted Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards in 2016. Initiated by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) in 2011, the FiRe Awards are aimed at improving the quality of financial and business reporting in the country.

In her communication, the outgoing Chairperson attributed all the gains made to the hard work and cooperation of the Trustees. “I wish to heartily thank all members I served with to put MURBS at the level it is today. Together we have made our contribution in which we shall always pride.” said Hajati Nakatudde.
Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde (L) receives her plaque from Mr. Daniel Badebye (R) and DVCFA-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) assisted by Ms. Susan Khaitsa-MURBS during the handover
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Dr. John Kitayimbwa who served as Secretary to BoT and was successfully reelected to the same position attributed the excellent reporting that the FiRe award to Mr. David Ssenoga, the MURBS Audit Committee Chairperson. “Openness to outside help as displayed by the appointment of an external person to chair the audit committee has guaranteed that we have full disclosure of what is happening in the scheme. Mr. David Ssenoga’s professional work led to the FiRe Award” he remarked.

Dr. Kitayimbwa also thanked the professional bodies like the Uganda Law Society (ULS), The Actuarial Society of Uganda (TASU) and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) for nominating Trustees to MURBS, whose contributions led to the Scheme’s growth. These included Ms. Miriam Magala-ULS, Mr. Dyson Maswere-TASU and Mrs. Edna Isimbwa Rugumayo-ICPAU.

It was a moment of truth as the outgoing BoT silently signed their deed of discharge; officially signifying the end of their term as trustees, and the functions of Trustees as per the Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) Act were read out for the incoming BoT. The brief ceremonies were presided over by the Scheme’s Lawyers Mr. Paul Kutesa and Mr. Sylvester Wambuga respectively.
The University Secretary-Mr. Charles Barugahare (R) signs the Deed of Appointment of the New Board on behalf of Makerere University as MURBS Lawyer Mr. Paul Kutesa (L) witnesses
Welcoming the incoming Board, Mr. Joseph Njuguna from the MURBS Administrator Octagon Uganda Limited commended the team for fulfilling the rigorous requirements for all new Trustees as per the charter. “The current charter requires that all new Trustees have to undergo certification training and pass the final exams. I am proud to say that all our Trustees worked so hard and passed with flying colours” he said, much to the appreciation of the audience. He then introduced the new board as; Mr. Wilber Naigambi-Chairperson, Dr. John Kitayimbwa-Secretary, Ms. Dorothy Kabanda, Mr. Peter Okello and Mr. William Ndoleriire.

In his brief inaugural remarks, the Chairman MURBS-Mr. Wilber Naigambi thanked the outgoing BoT for laying a firm foundation by establishing systems to aid the scheme’s operations. “The groundwork has been done for the new Board to accelerate the scheme’s growth. As the New Board we envisage that the scheme’s value will grow by 200% or 300%” said Mr. Naigambi, who also pledged to work harmoniously with all stakeholders to maintain MURBS’ status as the best scheme in Uganda.

Makerere University as the scheme’s sponsor is responsible for contributing 10% of employees’ monthly salaries to MURBS. Speaking on behalf of the University, The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Administration), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the new BoT upon their election and expressed the sponsor’s willingness to work with them to improve welfare through retirement benefits.
Incoming Board Chairperson-Mr. Wilber Naigambi (R) receives the Instruments of Power from outgoing Chairperson Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde (L) during the handover ceremony
“I am always delighted to attend MURBS meetings. Save for the pending In-House Scheme obligation by the sponsor, MURBS is doing very well because fresh retirees from the University can access the benefits instantly! MURBS has made Makerere University proud and we thank the outgoing Chairperson Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde and her Board for steering the scheme from the state where they found it to the current one” Prof. Nawangwe praised.

Following a brief interlude during which the Outgoing Trustees were awarded plaques, The Director Finance and Administration, URBRA Mr. Daniel Badebye congratulated MURBS upon being a model scheme. “You have done very well with only a few issues that need to be ironed out, and thereafter, other schemes will be sent to benchmark you” he said.

He explained that the purpose of separating retirement benefits schemes from their sponsors was to ensure that they were fully funded at all times and that retirees could easily access their benefits. He therefore urged Makerere University to ensure that the 10% contribution is always remitted to MURBS as allocations for salaries are being made.
Representatives from URBRA Ms. Daisy Linda Nabakooza (L) and Mr. Daniel Badebye (R) attended the handover ceremony
“The outgoing team needs to be commended for a job well done. As an accountant, I was proud to witness MURBS being awarded during the FiRe Awards. This team has been diligent and always consulted URBRA. It is therefore good to see that the new team is part of the old team infused with new blood. This is commendable for continuity as no gaps will be left unfilled” said Mr. Badebye

He expressed hope that MURBS will remain the top scheme in the country because it has surrounded itself with “the best team of outsiders.” Outsiders, he said, would provide critical checks and balances which promote transparency, further adding “Where there is transparency, you will gain trust.”

The ceremony was concluded by a personal tribute by Dr. John Kitayimbwa to Hajati Fatumah Nakatudde, thanking the outgoing Chairperson for her “impartiality, good listening skills and harmonious working relationship.”

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Prof. Bazeyo Named 2021 Tufts University Honorary Degree Recipient

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Professor William Bazeyo

Professor William Bazeyo, a Professor of occupational medicine in the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) has been named as one of six Tufts University honorary degree recipients for the Class of 2021. The announcement published 20th April 2021 on the Tufts University one-stop site for news mentions that Prof. Bazeyo will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The award is in recognition of Prof. Bazeyo’s leadership in research focusing on One Health Innovation and Control of Tobacco use among others. The award also takes note of his service as former Dean MakSPH as well as chair of several boards including Uganda’s National Research and Innovation Fund under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The other recipients named alongside Prof. Bazeyo include; Maria B. Barrett-honorary Doctor of Public Service, Stacey B. Gabriel-honorary Doctor of Science, Hamdi Ulukaya-honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Ofelia Zepeda-honorary Doctor of Letters, and Bryan Stevenson-honorary Doctor of Laws. The latter will also deliver the commencement address to the Tufts Class of 2021 in a virtual ceremony due to be held on 23rd May.

Makerere University congratulates Professor William Bazeyo upon his meritorious achievement.

Click here for the full announcement.

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Embassy of Japan Donates Books to Mak Library

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Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R), Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right), University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha (C), Deputy University Librarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga (2nd L) and Dr. Edith Nautukunda-Togboa (L back to camera) pose for photo during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto during his first official visit to Makerere University on 20th April 2020 handed over a donation 52 books and launched the Japanese Corner in the Main University Library. The donation of books on contemporary Japan was made possible by the Nippon Foundation through the “READ JAPAN PROJECT”.

Welcoming the Ambassador, the University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha shared that at over 12,000 square metres and seating capacity of over 2,800, the Library was one of the biggest in Africa. She added that the Library has special access and facilities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and offers the Document Delivery Service for any materials that library users both on and off campus may require, among other services.

Turning to the benefits of digitization, the Librarian shared that though physically closed, the University Library continued serving users during the COVID-19 orchestrated lockdown thanks to its vast array of over 27,000 electronic journals and other digital resources. She therefore thanked the Ambassador for the book donation, which would enhance the library’s ability to serve the needs of its diverse users.

“The book donation has already been processed by our staff and can be accessed through the electronic catalog on the Library’s website from anywhere in the world” added Dr. Byamugisha.

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover ceremony on 20th April 2021.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that Makerere University has enjoyed a good relationship with the Government and people of Japan, which resulted in the construction of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) building, home to the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS). The building was officially handed over on 23rd January 1992.

He informed the Ambassador that the University, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2022, conducts a lot of research and is world-renowned for the large number of publications in clinical research as well as tropical medicine. The Vice Chancellor added that Makerere enjoys an excellent relationship with Japanese Universities through which staff and student exchanges are conducted.

“Japanese institutions have trained a lot of our staff and students particularly in geology and seismology and we sincerely thank you Ambassador and the people of Japan for this generous support” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor concluded by emphasizing that Makerere values her relationship with the Government and people of Japan and sincerely thanked the Ambassador for the book donation that will enhance knowledge about Japanese culture and economic success. “Makerere is an international university and we are always happy to bring more cultures and languages on board so as to further enhance the diversity of our community.”

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks during the book donation handover ceremony held in the Main Library, Makerere University.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks in the Main Library, Makerere University shortly before handing over the book donation.

In his remarks, H.E. Fukuzawa thanked the Vice Chancellor, University Librarian and staff for the warm reception and noted that the donation was aimed at promoting the understanding of Japan among the people of Uganda, and especially students at Makerere.

“In particular, it (the donation) aims to reach out to young researchers who are interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals specializing in areas other than Japanese studies” explained the Ambassador.

He reiterated that Japan has close ties with the University, by observing that eleven out of the twelve Japanese Universities that have partnerships in Uganda each have one with Makerere. “We have been sending Japanese government sponsored scholarship students to Uganda every year and many of them are graduates of this University.”

H.E. Fukuzawa expressed happiness that the COVID-19 pandemic had not halted the enhancement of academic relations between Japan and Uganda and looked forward to continued collaboration with Makerere University.

The Ambassador was accompanied by his First Secretary-Ms. Tomoko Ohyama and Public Affairs Officer-Ms. Martha Nankasa. In attendance at the handover were the Deputy University Libarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga, Ms. Ferrie Nalusse-Head Technical Services, Ms. Maria Nankya Mwebe-Head Book Bank and Ms. Clementine Namusisi-Head Law Section. Also present was Dr. Edith Natukunda-Togboa, the Head, Department of European and Oriental Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

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Mak Electoral Commission 2020/21 Position: Commissioner for Finance

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Female students smile for the camera as they take part in a March organised by the Students Guild on 11th December 2013 to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Monday, 19 April 2021

All Students

Makerere University

ADVERT FOR THE POSITION OF COMMISSIONER FOR FINANCE FOR ELECTORAL COMMISSION 2020/2021

This is to inform you that the position of Commissioner for Finance of the Makerere University Electoral Commission 2020/21 has fallen vacant following the resignation of Mr. Lule Huzaifa (former Commissioner for Finance) on 19th April, 2021.

In accordance with article 50, 68 (2) and 68(4) of the Makerere University Students Guild Constitution as Amended 2016 and Makerere University Students Guild Constitution (Elections) Regulations No.1 of 2018, sections 5(b), 5b(2) and 5b(3) this is to therefore call upon persons who are interested in this position to apply to the Dean of Students.

The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Please attach a copy of University Identity Card, Admission letter and proof of registration as a student.

Yours sincerely,

Winifred Kabumbuli
Ag. DEAN OF STUDENTS

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