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Mak Celebrates Mr. Mayanja Lumanyika’s Distinguished Service

  • In General
  • 3 Jul 2017 - 5:13pm
  • By Mark Wamai
  • 7,817
Vice Chancellor-Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu (C) flanked by Mr. and Mrs. Mayanja, Ag. Dir. Internal Audit-Mr. Benson Barigye, staff and guests at the celebration in honour of Mr. Mayanja, 30th June 2017, Guest House, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Staff from the Directorate of Internal Audit and invited guests convened at Makerere University Guest House on Friday, 30th June 2017 for an evening full of celebration in honour of Mr. Mayanja D. Lumanyika’s virtuous and long-term service to Makerere University, spanning a period of over 30 years.

Amidst cheerful ululations, Mr. Mayanja who retired from the University Service in March 2017 introduced his wife of 36 years as well as 2 children who accompanied him to the celebration. The couple is blessed with six children. Mr. Mayanja who served Makerere University for 34 years; all spent in the Directorate of Internal Audit, thanked the Directorate for honouring him. He was humbled to realize that his long-term service was immensely appreciated.

“I joined Makerere University service in 1983 and was immediately posted to Internal Audit. At that time, the department had only four staff members. We were working just opposite the salaries office in the Main Building,” Mr. Mayanja recalled. He happily noted that the Department has since then transitioned into a Directorate with over 10 members of staff.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayanja Lumanyika at the celebration, Friday 30th June 2017, Makerere University Guest House
Sharing a touching story about his health, Mr. Mayanja recalled the day that he was diagnosed with kidney failure at Mulago Hospital in 2014, a condition which required a kidney transplant. He thanked Makerere University for having mobilized the money needed for surgery in India.

“I went for a kidney transplant in India and my lovely daughter Josephine Nakiberu donated one of her kidneys to me and thank God, the operation was successful. She is my greatest hero because she saved my life. The following year, I retired to my home in Kasangati,” said Mr. Mayanja.

He expressed gratitude to Makerere University, the Directorate of Internal Audit and his family for their support. He thanked the Almighty God for his life and what He has enabled him to do.
Ag. Dir. Internal Audit-Mr. Benson Barigye was the day's host
Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the Vice Chancellor commended Mr. Mayanja for the dedication, commitment and resilience portrayed throughout his service to Makerere University.

“It’s not easy to serve an organisation for 34 years. He joined Makerere University during difficult times when Uganda was politically unstable, but he endured and served diligently. I greatly thank him for his commitment to serving this institution and ask him to always remember this great institution,” the Vice Chancellor said.

At the party, Prof. Ddumba-Ssentambu gladly revealed that their paths had once crossed while the two attended St. Mary’s College School Kisubi. Although he admitted to not knowing Mr. Mayanja then owing to the age difference, he expressed happiness at eventually interacting with him during his service at Makerere University.
Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu hands over a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Lydia Mugabirwe
The Vice Chancellor thanked the Directorate of Internal Audit for organizing the function in honour of their long-serving colleague and thanked the Acting Director, Mr. Benson Barigye for uniting both current and former staff. He urged them to uphold the spirit of teamwork as exhibited during the celebration. Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu similarly thanked Mr. Mayanja’s family for the love and care accorded to him under all circumstances.

On behalf of the Directorate, the Vice Chancellor awarded Mr. Mayanja a certificate of long term service to Makerere University as well as a gift which was termed as ‘a cow’. In the same spirit, Ms. Lydia Mugabirwe and Ms. Consolata Nakiyemba who previously worked as Secretaries in the same Directorate were awarded certificates of appreciation for the services rendered. The duo is still serving Makerere University, albeit under different departments.

The Acting Director-Internal Audit, Mr. Benson Barigye described Mr. Mayanja as a person who is very passionate about time management and professionalism. He in particular singled out the passion his retired colleague had for Crossword puzzles and Sudoku. He shared that Mr. Mayanja is a very knowledgeable and informed person who can always be depended upon to accomplish his assignments in a timely manner.
Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu hands over a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Consolata Nakiyemba
“When I came to Makerere University Internal Audit for the first time in 2013, I found Mr. Mayanja in office. He always reached the office in time and when it comes to time management, he has a distinction. He adored working together as a family and he was like a father to us all. We would still love to stay with him, but time has come for us to say goodbye.” Mr. Barigye remarked.

He expressed his appreciation to Mr. Mayanja for guiding and mentoring him in a professional perspective, which broadly shaped him into the person he is today. He recalled the times Mr. Mayanja advised him to do the right things at the right time. He always advised him that doing the right thing was the best thing to do.

In her tribute, Ms. Lydia Mugabirwe recalled Mr. Mayanja’s priceless help during the time they worked together. He taught her how to handle a number of activities.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayanja receive a token of appreciation from Ag. Dir. Internal Audit-Mr. Benson Barigye (L) at the climax of the celebration
“I joined Internal Audit in 2011 and discovered that the activities in my new department were so different from those of the previous one. I received a lot of orientation and guidance from Mr. Mayanja. He was always there for me to consult and was more like a parent to me. I really enjoyed working with him,” Ms. Mugabirwe said.

Mr. George Turyamureeba Mugabi thanked the guests for honouring the invitation to the farewell ceremony of their colleagues and appreciated the scrupulous services that Mr. Mayanja, Ms. Mugabirwe and Ms. Nakiyemba had offered during their time at the Directorate of Internal Audit. He thanked the Vice Chancellor for always supporting and working together with the Directorate.

Article: Mak Public Relations Office

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