On Thursday 28th June 2018, the Outgoing University Bursar, Mr. Augustine Tamale handed over office to the Acting University Bursar, Ms. Deborah Nalule.
Ms Deborah Nalule, the Manager-Expenditure and Reporting in the Finance Department will manage the office until a substantive University Bursar assumes office.
In a letter dated 20th April 2018, Mr. Tamale notified the Director, Human Resources that he would resign from the University service on Friday 29th June 2018. At its 565th meeting held on 23rd May 2018, the Makerere University Appointments Board accepted Mr. Tamale’s resignation.
In a cordial interaction with the Central Management team in May 2018, Mr. Tamale revealed that he had secured a job in another company that was offering a very competitive package in terms of remuneration and other benefits.
During his tenure, Mr. Tamale ensured transparency and efficiency of financial transactions in the University. Determined to improve financial reporting in the University, Mr. Tamale introduced proper ways of maintaining all financial records in the Department. He also initiated an effective accounting system for the University.
“This is a tough office but you have done a great job. Thank for being a man of your word, with a respected reputation that you have protected for long. You are so committed to your wok and that kind of dedication needs to be appreciated. You have used the best of your time to ensure that the Finance Department becomes a better Unit. Once a Makererean, stay a Makererean, wherever you go ensure that you market Makerere University. Do things that will build and raise the University to greater heights,” said Mr Charles Barugahare, the University Secretary.
In the same spirit, the Director of Human Resources, Mr. Andrew Abunyang commended Mr. Tamale for being a very open, cooperative and hard working colleague.
During the handover ceremony, Mr. Tamale said: “It is an afternoon of mixed feelings. There is joy that I am moving to another place, but I had bonded with so many people here whom I miss dearly. Makerere University has lifted my profile so high-the University Bursar managing billions and billions. It was worthwhile being here. I will continue to give support to the team in the Finance Department when called upon.”
Mr. Tamale said that he was happy to hand over office knowing that the Debt burden of the University had reduced from UGX.130billion to UGX 60billion. He also urged the University Management to prioritise systems accounting in the Finance Department. “We have put in place a number of systems, and there is an urgent need to recruit technical people to handle systems accounting,” he stated.
Mr. Tamale applauded the staff in the Finance Department for their cooperation and team work when he said: “People that I found in the University helped me a lot. My success has been realised due to teamwork. Very many people here played a big role in ensuring that I deliver. I appreciate the opportunity granted to me to serve this University. My family has grown bigger to include the Makerere University community.”
Witnessing the handover, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Eria Hisali who is also the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, thanked Mr. Tamale for his dedicated service to Makerere University.
“We appreciate your contribution to Makerere University. You have put in place very good financial systems. Transparency has been enhanced in the accounting system. Information can now be easily shared among units. We appreciate this solid contribution and thank you for having been a remarkable person who is committed to your work. We shall always remember you,” Dr. Hisali said.
Dr. Hisali welcomed the incoming Acting University Bursar, Ms Nalule and thanked her for accepting to Act until a substantive University Bursar assumes office. On behalf of Management, Dr Hisali pledged to support Ms Nalule during her period of service.
Ms Nalule thanked Mr. Tamale for his invaluable contribution to Makerere University, and in particular for uplifting the financial functions in the University. “We have enjoyed the cordial working relationship. Thank you so much for driving us this far and for the mantle that you have left to us,” she said.
The following officers also witnessed the handover: Mr. Walter Yorac Nono-Director Internal Audit; Mr. Hudson Musoke-representing the Director Legal Affairs, Ms Ritah Namisango-Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr. Peter Mubiru and Mr. Majid Sserunjogi from the Finance Department.
Article by: Mak Public Relations Office
Scholars & Alumni of Mastercard Foundation light up Achukudu Community, Napak District
By Bernard Buteera
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, all roads led to Achukudu Community Primary School in Napak District, Karamoja sub-region, as the Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University commemorated their Scholars’ Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback). The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service was held at Achukudu Community Primary School, Napak District in the Karamoja sub-region. Established in 2013, Achukudu Community School serves two ethnic communities—The Iteso and Karamojong.
With a total population of 1,907 pupils only three government-paid teachers, and nine community-paid teachers, the School faces a plethora of challenges. Key among the challenges is the lack of Classrooms, decent Ventilated Pit Latrines, and Desks. Therefore when the Scholars identified the School as one that deserved to be given a gift of a classroom block, it was a befitting choice!
The Scholars with support from the alumni, the Program Team, Members of the Steering Committee, and partners of the Scholars Program at Makerere University intervened by constructing a two-classroom block, which was supervised by one of the alumni who is an Engineer. Alongside the classroom block, the Scholars also provided 40 desks, helping the school meet UNEB Center eligibility criteria.
While presiding over the event, the area member of Parliament, Hon. John Bosco Ngoya, thanked the Scholars and alumni community at Makerere University for supporting the young pupils of Achukudu Primary School and the entire community by gifting them with a two-classroom block.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University for the Christmas gift of a classroom block to the young people and the entire community of Achukudu. This classroom block will go a long way in improving the learning environment of the young children of Achukudu primary school.” Hon. Ngoya pointed out.
Hon. Ngoya called upon other people to emulate the Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation in embracing the spirit of giving back to the vulnerable people in the community. On his part, he donated One Million Five hundred shillings (1,500,000/=) to help the School purchase more desks, and he had earlier contributed One million shillings (1,000,000/=) towards the construction of the classroom block.
The District Education Officer (DEO) for Napak District, Ms. Joyce Nakoya, praised the Scholars Community for embracing and practicing the spirit of giving back to other people at an early age.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation at Makerere for embracing the spirit of giving back to other people at such an early age. If all people gave back to the less privileged in our communities, we would have a better world for everyone.” Ms. Nakoya pointed out.
Ms. Nakoya further pointed out every child deserves to study in a decent environment, therefore it was a befitting cause for the Scholars to construct a classroom block for the young pupils of Achukudu community primary school, who were studying in open grass thatched classrooms.
The Program Manager of, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Ms. Jolly Okumu who led the team of Scholars, alumni, and staff to Karamoja thanked the community of Achukudu for supporting the Scholars to deliver the class block by contributing to the construction sand.
“We come here today to join with you as a community driven by a shared commitment to education, empowerment, and ethos of giving back. Today is a historic occasion as we celebrate the completion and commissioning of the classroom block, which is a remarkable testament to the transformative power of education and our unwavering spirit of community service.” Ms. Jolly remarked.
The President of the Scholars Association, Mr. Godfrey Okello, thanked all the Scholars and alumni, and all stakeholders who contributed to the construction of the classroom block, which was a dream that became a reality.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and people of goodwill who supported us to realize our dream of constructing this classroom for our young brothers and sisters of Achukudu Primary School. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow young people in Uganda and Africa as a whole.” Mr. Okello remarked.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr. Eryebu Raymond, who was visibly very excited was full of praises for Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, for what he termed as an iconic classroom block they had gifted to his School.
“This day is very special to us, we will not see this day again. We are delighted to receive the Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation from Makerere University, thank you for considering supporting our School” Mr. Eryebu excitedly remarked.
The Headteacher revealed that one of the major challenges the school was facing was an acute shortage of classrooms for his 1,097 pupils. He was therefore grateful to Mastercard Foundation Scholars for choosing to construct a two-class block for the School.
“This donation of a classroom block and Desks is a testament to your commitment to education and empowering the lives of the vulnerable people in the community. This classroom block and desks will go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school.” Mr. Eryebu further remarked.
The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback) was punctuated with a lot of joy, pomp, and fanfare, as the pupils and the entire community of Achukudu danced and ululated at the commissioning of the classroom block. The construction of the classroom block and purchase of desks for Achukudu Community Primary School was made possible by generous contributions by the Scholars, alumni, the Program Team, and members of the Steering Committee.
Among the Partners who made financial contributions towards the class block construction included; DFCU Bank, Post Bank, URA, Katumba Estates, Footsteps Furniture Ltd, and Sion Travels Ltd.
The Scholars and Alumni Day of Community Service (Give back) is an annual event, where Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation go out into the community to give back by providing solutions to challenges that a particular community is facing. Over the years Scholars have given back to the communities in numerous ways that range from offering professional services and erecting major projects like classroom blocks.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
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