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St. Francis Chaplain Rev. Onesimus Asiimwe & Wife Florence Mark Silver Jubilee



Joy and praise filled the air as the Chaplain, St. Francis Chapel, Rev. Onesimus Asiimwe and his dear wife Florence, were joined by their children; Daudi, Marjorie and Ruth, parents, family and friends on Saturday, 22nd September 2018 at Makerere University to celebrate 25 years of Holy Matrimony.

Facing her husband with a charming smile, Florence said: “Thank you for loving me. I was a little timid village girl when we met. You have empowered me and contributed greatly to the wonderful Florence standing here. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving our children and taking care of them. I will love you pakalast.”

Bishop Henry Luke Orombi (3rd R) officiates at the Silver Jubiliee Anniversary service as Rev. Onesimus (4th R back to camera) and his wife Florence (2nd L) reaffirm their vows.

Officiating at the thanksgiving service held at St. Francis Chapel, the retired Archbishop of  the Church of Uganda, Bishop Henry Luke Orombi who witnessed Onesimus and Florence take their marriage vows in September 1993 congratulated the couple upon a successful and happy marriage.

“Congratulations! Thank you for being a role model to students and the community at large. Thank you for bringing up God fearing and disciplined children. May God continue to bless you!  I look forward to the Golden Jubilee,” he remarked.

The Asiimwes' Silver Jubilee Anniversary Invitation

The genuine speeches from parents, students, staff and friends confirmed that the couple is a living testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and his dear wife Susan, members of the University Management, Makerere University staff, students, and alumni turned up in big numbers to celebrate God’s goodness with the wonderful couple!

L-R: UCU Vice Chancellor-Rev. Can. Dr. John Senyonyi, his wife-Dr. Ruth Senyonyi, Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, his wife-Mrs. Susan Nawangwe and Dr. Aaron Mushengeyzi listen to proceedings at the celebration

“On behalf of Makerere University, we are very happy for you. You have been entrusted with leadership to guide most of our students and staff. The University Management will work with you to save the next generation from indiscipline, drugs and hooliganism. We will work together to build a Makerere University community filled with disciplined students. I wish you all the best. I wish you good health so that you continue to minister to our students, staff and the community at large,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Addressing the congregation at St. Francis Chapel, the overjoyed Mrs. Florence Asiimwe said they were celebrating God’s love and faithfulness.

“God has loved us. God has blessed us with great wealth in form of friends. Thank you for loving us. We were wed on 18th September 1993. The best thing that ever happened to me is meeting Onesimus. He brings a smile on my face. He is a blessing.”

The Asiimwes (Centre) joined by their children and friends cut the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Cake at a reception that follwed the service

The Chaplain, popularly known as Uncle O, remarked that the purpose of the thanks giving is to glorify God-to thank the Almighty God for thus far He has brought us.  “25 years have gone by since we started our journey in Holy Matrimony. God has been with us as sure as His word is through all the time.”

I pray to the Almighty God that the young people can be inspired to marry one wife and live with that one wife until death does them a part.

Recalling his teenage years as a very popular D.J. with Michael Jackson as his role model, Rev. Onesimus Asiimwe who accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour on 8th January 1988 thanked God for His saving grace, mercy, kindness, love and favour.

Senior Legal Officer-Canon Goddy Muhumuza (Right) and other guests at the reception

“I really bless the Lord for the transformation I have experienced. Florence and I, also thank God for blessing us with very loving people. We will keep praying for you that the Lord blesses you abundantly” added Rev. Asiimwe.

The Chaplain led the congregation into a befitting hymn of praise: “My hallelujah belongs to you. All of the Glory belongs to you. All of the Glory belongs to Jesus. You deserve it. You deserve it…”

Article by Public Relations Office
Photos courtesy Canon Goddy Muhumuza

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Prof. Bazeyo Named 2021 Tufts University Honorary Degree Recipient



Professor William Bazeyo

Professor William Bazeyo, a Professor of occupational medicine in the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) has been named as one of six Tufts University honorary degree recipients for the Class of 2021. The announcement published 20th April 2021 on the Tufts University one-stop site for news mentions that Prof. Bazeyo will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The award is in recognition of Prof. Bazeyo’s leadership in research focusing on One Health Innovation and Control of Tobacco use among others. The award also takes note of his service as former Dean MakSPH as well as chair of several boards including Uganda’s National Research and Innovation Fund under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The other recipients named alongside Prof. Bazeyo include; Maria B. Barrett-honorary Doctor of Public Service, Stacey B. Gabriel-honorary Doctor of Science, Hamdi Ulukaya-honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Ofelia Zepeda-honorary Doctor of Letters, and Bryan Stevenson-honorary Doctor of Laws. The latter will also deliver the commencement address to the Tufts Class of 2021 in a virtual ceremony due to be held on 23rd May.

Makerere University congratulates Professor William Bazeyo upon his meritorious achievement.

Click here for the full announcement.

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Embassy of Japan Donates Books to Mak Library



Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R), Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd Right), University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha (C), Deputy University Librarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga (2nd L) and Dr. Edith Nautukunda-Togboa (L back to camera) pose for photo during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto during his first official visit to Makerere University on 20th April 2020 handed over a donation 52 books and launched the Japanese Corner in the Main University Library. The donation of books on contemporary Japan was made possible by the Nippon Foundation through the “READ JAPAN PROJECT”.

Welcoming the Ambassador, the University Librarian Dr. Helen Byamugisha shared that at over 12,000 square metres and seating capacity of over 2,800, the Library was one of the biggest in Africa. She added that the Library has special access and facilities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and offers the Document Delivery Service for any materials that library users both on and off campus may require, among other services.

Turning to the benefits of digitization, the Librarian shared that though physically closed, the University Library continued serving users during the COVID-19 orchestrated lockdown thanks to its vast array of over 27,000 electronic journals and other digital resources. She therefore thanked the Ambassador for the book donation, which would enhance the library’s ability to serve the needs of its diverse users.

“The book donation has already been processed by our staff and can be accessed through the electronic catalog on the Library’s website from anywhere in the world” added Dr. Byamugisha.

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover of books the University Library on 20th April 2021.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto (R) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) look at some of the titles during the handover ceremony on 20th April 2021.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said that Makerere University has enjoyed a good relationship with the Government and people of Japan, which resulted in the construction of the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) building, home to the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS). The building was officially handed over on 23rd January 1992.

He informed the Ambassador that the University, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2022, conducts a lot of research and is world-renowned for the large number of publications in clinical research as well as tropical medicine. The Vice Chancellor added that Makerere enjoys an excellent relationship with Japanese Universities through which staff and student exchanges are conducted.

“Japanese institutions have trained a lot of our staff and students particularly in geology and seismology and we sincerely thank you Ambassador and the people of Japan for this generous support” said Prof. Nawangwe.

The Vice Chancellor concluded by emphasizing that Makerere values her relationship with the Government and people of Japan and sincerely thanked the Ambassador for the book donation that will enhance knowledge about Japanese culture and economic success. “Makerere is an international university and we are always happy to bring more cultures and languages on board so as to further enhance the diversity of our community.”

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks during the book donation handover ceremony held in the Main Library, Makerere University.
Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto makes his remarks in the Main Library, Makerere University shortly before handing over the book donation.

In his remarks, H.E. Fukuzawa thanked the Vice Chancellor, University Librarian and staff for the warm reception and noted that the donation was aimed at promoting the understanding of Japan among the people of Uganda, and especially students at Makerere.

“In particular, it (the donation) aims to reach out to young researchers who are interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals specializing in areas other than Japanese studies” explained the Ambassador.

He reiterated that Japan has close ties with the University, by observing that eleven out of the twelve Japanese Universities that have partnerships in Uganda each have one with Makerere. “We have been sending Japanese government sponsored scholarship students to Uganda every year and many of them are graduates of this University.”

H.E. Fukuzawa expressed happiness that the COVID-19 pandemic had not halted the enhancement of academic relations between Japan and Uganda and looked forward to continued collaboration with Makerere University.

The Ambassador was accompanied by his First Secretary-Ms. Tomoko Ohyama and Public Affairs Officer-Ms. Martha Nankasa. In attendance at the handover were the Deputy University Libarian-Dr. Ruth Nalumaga, Ms. Ferrie Nalusse-Head Technical Services, Ms. Maria Nankya Mwebe-Head Book Bank and Ms. Clementine Namusisi-Head Law Section. Also present was Dr. Edith Natukunda-Togboa, the Head, Department of European and Oriental Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

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Mak Electoral Commission 2020/21 Position: Commissioner for Finance



Female students smile for the camera as they take part in a March organised by the Students Guild on 11th December 2013 to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Monday, 19 April 2021

All Students

Makerere University


This is to inform you that the position of Commissioner for Finance of the Makerere University Electoral Commission 2020/21 has fallen vacant following the resignation of Mr. Lule Huzaifa (former Commissioner for Finance) on 19th April, 2021.

In accordance with article 50, 68 (2) and 68(4) of the Makerere University Students Guild Constitution as Amended 2016 and Makerere University Students Guild Constitution (Elections) Regulations No.1 of 2018, sections 5(b), 5b(2) and 5b(3) this is to therefore call upon persons who are interested in this position to apply to the Dean of Students.

The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Please attach a copy of University Identity Card, Admission letter and proof of registration as a student.

Yours sincerely,

Winifred Kabumbuli

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