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Mr. Henry Mwebe appointed Director, Legal Affairs

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On 16th April 2018, the outgoing Acting Director of Makerere University Directorate of Legal Affairs Canon Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza handed over office to the newly appointed substantive Director Mr. Henry Mwebe. The handover ceremony took place at the Directorate of Legal Affairs and was presided over by Makerere University Secretary Mr. Charles Barugahare who is the immediate supervisor of the Directorate.  It was witnessed by Mr. Walter Yorac Nono-the Director of Internal Audit, Mr. Ssanyu Lawrence representing the Acting Director of Human Resource, staff from the Directorate of Legal Affairs and Makerere University Public Relations office.

Mr. Henry Mwebe was officially appointed substantive Director of Legal Affairs on 6th April 2018. On behalf of the Management and the entire University Community, the Makerere University Secretary Mr. Charles Barugahare thanked Canon Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza for the outstanding service rendered the Directorate since its inception.

“With your dedication as Acting Director for two years and five months, the Directorate of Legal Affairs has witnessed several achievements. This portrays you as a good leader and we pray that you do not stop.  You have remained solid, firm in positioning and providing guidance to the University,” he said.  

The newly appointed substantive Director Mr. Henry Mwebe.

He warmly welcomed the newly appointed Director and encouraged him to utilize the staff and build a strong and energetic working team.  He also urged the Director to tap into the available opportunities and possible innovations that can support the Directorate. 

Mr. Henry Mwebe thanked the staff of the Directorate and University Management for the warm welcome and promised to work with the team to see to it that the University is compliant with all aspects of the law in both its external and internal transactions. He called for team work from the staff to ensure that the Directorate adds value to the overall output of the University. “With you and with the help of Management, I undertake this responsibility so that the Directorate realises its mandate,” he said. 

Mr. Henry Mwebe is a professional lawyer with 18 years of experience. He has practiced his profession in both Government and private sectors. Mr. Mwebe is also an Advocate and a Commissioner for oaths.  He holds a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, Kampala, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala and an Advanced Diploma in Economic Social and Cultural Rights from Abo Akademi University, Finland. He also holds various qualifications in arbitration and mediation.

The outgoing Acting Director, Canon Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza thanked Makerere University Appointments Board for granting him the opportunity to serve in the position of the Acting Director Legal Affairs for the period of two years and five months. In the same spirit, he thanked the University Management for the support and the team in the Directorate of Legal Affairs for the teamwork they exhibited during his tenure. Mr. Muhanguzi Muhumuza also appreciated the University Council’s decision to establish the Directorate of Legal Affairs. 

The outgoing Acting Director, Canon Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza.

“With your support, I was able to kick start and complete the process of establishing, registering and securing approval of the Chambers for the Directorate of Legal Affairs, ensuring the efficient and effective handling of all cases for and against the University,” he said. 

He warmly welcomed the incoming Director and congratulated him upon his new role. He pledged to work harmoniously with him to ensure that the objectives and goals of the Directorate are fulfilled. 

Article by Mak-Public Relations Office
 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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