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Waste as a Resource for Product and Wealth Creation



The Chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA) Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba- Mugerwa has urged Ugandans to view waste as a resource for product and wealth creation. When launching the National Cleanup Uganda Campaign on 14th November 2017 at Makerere University, Dr. Kisamba-Mugerwa who was represented by Prof. Obwoya Kinyera Sam; a member of National Planning Authority said that proper waste management has the potential to contribute to Uganda’s attainment of middle income status.

According to him the initiative can also lead the country to social-economic transformation by 2040, based on its ability to generate wealth, employment, incomes, improved human wellbeing and alleviation of poverty.

“By value addition, there is need to strengthen our efforts as a country, if this target is to be achievable and benefits of forward linkage harnessed. It is important to categorize and sort recyclable waste at source and this involve Mindset change. Effective waste collection systems and promotion of cleaner production technology are critical,” he stated.

The National Public Cleanup Uganda Campaign was organised by Plawaste Consult Limited in partnership with the National Planning Authority.

Managing Director, Plawaste Consult Limited-Mr. Tumusiime Kenneth (C) with other officials during the campaign launch

Kisamba-Mugerwa, a former Division Director of the International Service of National Agricultural Research (International Food Policy) also pointed out the need for proper waste management plan to guide decision making at all planning levels. To him, this could be integrated into other existing plans to ensure efficiency in resource utilization.

“The use of spatial plan to map work spaces where wastes are collected and recycled should be exploited. The development of spatial date infrastructure is critical. Government is developing the spatial data policy and this needs all our support,” he said.

In a presentation on cleanup Uganda strategies, the Managing Director of Plawaste Consult Limited Mr. Tumusiime Kenneth advised Ugandans to embrace the National Cleanup Uganda Campaign; saying that, the initiative provides a solution to the challenges of poor waste disposal management and environmental degradation.

“Let us empower the youth, and our children to embrace the drive. We are saving the future Uganda, therefore this cause should be everybody’s responsibility. I also encourage all parties involved to take keen interest in their components to ensure their smooth implementation for the benefit of this country,” Mr. Tumusiime said.

He called upon Ugandans to adopt products that can be harnessed from proper waste management for direct usage when he said “we have bio gas, electricity, compost manure and recycled materials on our market to use, so we should stop complaining how garbage is destroying the country yet we know its importance. Let us be innovative and creative as we save the country from waste destruction.”
Mr. Tumusiime applauded National Planning Authority for their total commitment to support the National Public Cleanup Uganda initiative.

Article by Public Relations Office


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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

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.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. 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.
  3. 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] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

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.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
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.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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