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Mr. Walter Yorac Nono now Substantive Director of Internal Audit



On 12th February 2018, the outgoing Acting Director of Internal Audit Directorate-Mr. Benson Barigye handed over office to the newly appointed substantive Director Mr. Walter Yorac Nono. Presided over by the Office of the University Secretary ably represented by Ms. Komugisha Consolate, the handover ceremony took place in the Directorate of Internal Audit and was witnessed by Mr. Ssanyu Lawrence, representing the Acting Director of Human Resource and Mr. Patrick Okonyet, Manager, Internal Audit.

Mr. Barigye thanked the University for granting him the opportunity to lead the Directorate and also thanked the staff for the cooperation and teamwork accorded to him during his tenure. Mr. Barigye was appointed Acting Director Internal Audit on 6th March 2017 when the then Acting Director Mr. Patrick Akonyet was granted sick leave. During his tenure, Mr. Barigye has successfully pushed for an increment of the Directorate’s budget for the financial year 2017/2018.

“The Internal Audit budget had stagnated at UGX75 million for the last 3 financial years. However, after presenting our request for additional funding to the Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee of Council (FPAIC), the Chairperson sanctioned the increase of our funding in the financial year 2017/2018. We thank Management for allocating Internal Audit an extra UGX74million,” Mr. Barigye said.

He has also managed to organise a successful capacity building workshop for annual work plans and a stakeholders’ workshop on pre- audit phase out. He thanked his fellow staff members for the selfless devotion to serve the Directorate and University community.

Mr. Benson Barigye (R) hands over a set of keys to the new Director Mr. Walter Yorac Nono during the ceremony

Mr. Barigye congratulated Mr. Walter Yorac Nono upon his new role and pledged to work harmoniously with him to ensure that the objectives and goals of the Directorate are accomplished. He urged the incoming Director to follow up and ensure that the Directorate is well equipped with qualified staff and modern ICT equipment.

On behalf of the Management and the entire university community, Ms. Komugisha Consolate commended Mr. Barigye for his work in the Directorate of Internal Audit. According to Ms Komugisha, Mr. Barigye will always be remembered for his timely reports to FPAIC and his support to the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that the Annual report is produced on time.

“We have not received any complaints on the delay in reporting. We therefore hope to continue tapping into your expertise and experience to support Mr. Yorac Nono. Since he is new to Makerere, he might need help to understand the technicalities of the University system,” said Ms. Komugisha, as she welcomed the new Director and pledged the University Management’s support.

Mr. Walter Yorac Nono thanked Makerere University and the Directorate of Internal Audit for the warm welcome he received since his appointment on 2nd January 2018. His five year term runs until 1st January 2023.

Mr. Walter Yorac Nono makes his acceptance remarks during the handover ceremony, 12th February 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

In his remarks, Mr.  Yorac Nono promised to build a value preposition for Internal Audit that will be based on assurance, insight and objectivity. He expressed readiness to work hand in hand with Management, staff of the Directorate and the University Community to provide insights and recommendations based on analyses and assessments of data and processes.

“With this team, we have capacity for value assurance. I am ready to build a team committed to integrity and accountability, a team ready to provide value to University Council, Management as well as an independent source of objective advice,” he said.

Mr. Walter Yorac Nono is a Professional Certified Public Accountant of Uganda (ICPAU) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK). He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-Uganda/Global) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU). He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Makerere University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. He served as Head of Internal Audit at the National Council for Higher Education, a position he held from September 2011 to January 2018, prior to that he was the Chief Internal Auditor at Case Hospital, Audit Manager at Evlo & Company Certified Public Accountants and a supervisor at Team & Co. Certified Public Accountants.

He has also taught Accounting, taxation and Auditing at the National College of Business Studies (now Makerere University Business School), Uganda College of Commerce – Tororo and Bishop Barham University College in Kabale.

Article by Public Relations Office

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Dr. Martin Aliker – Celebrating A Life Well Lived



Dr. Martin Aliker (2nd L) shakes hands with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) at the successful conclusion of the Second Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Run (MakRun) on Sunday 25th March 2018 as Prof. William Bazeyo (L) and Dr. Florence Nakayiwa (R) witness.

The Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt with great sorrow of the death of your beloved head, Dr. Martin Aliker. Please accept our sincerest condolences during this trying time.

Dr. Aliker joined Makerere College then in 1948 and shortly thereafter received a scholarship to join Northwestern University, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Political Science. Being an ardent student, he also earned a Fulbright Fellowship at Northwestern University, and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, later becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Aliker has throughout his long and well-lived life projected an enviable brand, reflective of a professional and hardworking gentleman who has excelled in all walks of life as a distinguished alumnus, scholar, influential business leader, entrepreneurial mentor, and one of Uganda’s and indeed Africa’s and the Commonwealth’s leading senior citizens.

The name Dr. Martin Aliker has stood the test of time as one attributable to dedicated service with impeccable integrity, tested and proven business acumen, making him a distinguished source of inspiration to both the young and old. It was therefore with great pride that Makerere University on 17th July 2014 appointed him as the Chairperson of the pioneer Board of Trustees in charge of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF).

Under his stewardship, the Inaugural Board had at the end of their term in 2019 grown MakEF’s onshore fund from nothing in 2014 to UGX 1.5 Billion, while the offshore fund was valued at 1.5 Million GBP.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Dr. Martin Aliker’s inspirational life and pray that the good Lord will comfort you his beloved and rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio, Our Longest Serving DVC Rests



It is with great sorrow, that the Makerere University Council, Senate, Alumni and the entire students’ community has learnt of the death of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio.

Our heartfelt consideration goes out to the family upon the loss of a loving Father, Grandfather, Mentor, Son and dear friend. Please accept our sincere condolences. We commit you to God our Father, who alone knows the plans He has for each and every one of us.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was our longest-serving Deputy Vice Chancellor (1993 – 2004), and the last to serve in that position before the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act enacted the two positions of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration). He was not only a great administrator, but also a great academic who selflessly contributed to Makerere University’s transformation. He served humanity with a lot of dedication and touched many lives in Uganda and beyond.

On 16th February 1973, Epelu-Opio took up his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy, in the then Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He embarked on his PhD in Veterinary Anatomy the same year and completed it in 1976. Prior to that, he had completed his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (1967 – 1971) and Master of Science in Veterinary Anatomy (1971 – 1973) both from the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Epelu-Opio was an ardent student who during his undergraduate studies at the University of Nairobi served as Research Assistant to Prof. RR Hofmann and Prof. Frederick Ian Bantubano Kayanja. He carried on this passion into his graduate studies, where he served as Temporary Technician and Demonstrator to undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi.

Shortly after completing his PhD, in 1977 he took up the role of Senior Scientific Officer with the Animal Productivity Research Unit (APRU) of the National Committee for Scientific Research (NCSR) in Lusaka, Zambia, until 1982.

Upon his return, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the then Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1984 when he was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor in the same Department.

In 1985, he was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a four-month course in Animal Reproduction at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden, with emphasis on Radioimmunoassay techniques for assessing reproductive performance. That same year, he was appointed Head, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, a position he held until 1990.

During his time as Head of Department, in 1989 Prof. Epelu-Opio was appointed to the rank of Professor. In 1993, he was appointed Deputy-Vice Chancellor, a position he held until he attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 in 2004. He presided over this office during the delicate time when Makerere transitioned from admitting strictly Government-sponsored students to accepting privately-sponsored students. We are grateful that this worked out well and under his supervision, many deserving Ugandans gained access to quality University education.

Beyond the gates of Makerere, Prof. Epelu-Opio was a respected Statesman and elder, whose work as the pioneer Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Teso contributed to the restoration of peace in the sub-region. We are grateful that as a prolific writer, he documented his efforts in; Teso War 1986-1992: Causes and Consequences, a book published by Fountain Publishers.

We therefore stand with the Epelu-Opio family, friends, the Uganda Veterinary Association and all those whose lives he touched upon the loss of this great man. We are nevertheless comforted by the fact that this gallant alumnus did not hide his candle under the covers but lit so many other candles, which will continue to shine bright and perpetuate his legacy.

We remain forever thankful to God for the gift of Prof. Justin Epelu-Opio’s life and pray that the good Lord will rest his soul in eternal peace.

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

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HERS-EA Seventh Academy



Participants listen to Prof. Maggie Kigozi deliver her keynote address at the HERS-EA Sixth Academy on 3rd July 2023. Photo: Twitter/@HadjahBadr. Grand Global Hotel, Makerere Kikoni, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.


Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) Academy provides an intensive leadership and management development curriculum which equips women with skills needed to advance their personal career development and successfully navigate the institutional environment where they operate. The goal of the HERS-EA training is to raise the proportion of women in leadership and management positions in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda).

The program is focused on managing and leading change, human resource development and institutional effectiveness. The Academy prepares every participant to strengthen and expand her leadership skills by working closely with HERS-EA resource persons and staff. Participants will find the Academy to be a safe environment to share confidential matters.

Following six previous successful Academies, the Seventh HERS-EA ACADEMY will be offered in a one-week blended (virtual and in-person) format (July 19 – 25, 2024), we hope you can be part of the success story. This Academy will be a special one because we expect to be joined by collaborative researchers from USA, it will be part of the 10th Anniversary and it will be hosted by Gulu University in Northern Uganda. It will also include an excursion to a refugee camp, to generate further collaborative research ideas and another, to Murchison Falls National Park, for our wellbeing and reflection session; you won’t want to miss it!

Theme: “Rethinking Women Leadership for the 21st Century

Please see Downloads below for details and the application form.

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