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Dr. Umar Kakumba Receives Office of First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

  • In General
  • 30 Nov 2018 - 3:57pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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Dr. Umar Kakumba (Left) the incoming First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) receives a copy of the outgoing First Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang's report on 30th November 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The outgoing First Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang officially handed over office to his successor Dr. Umar Kakumba on Friday, 30th November 2018.  The brief ceremony was presided over by the Vice Chairperson of the University Council, Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida.

The Director Human Resources, Mr. Andrew Abunyang congratulated the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA), Dr. Umar Kakumba and the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration (DVCFA), Prof. William Bazeyo upon their respective successful appointments. He also thanked Hon. Ovonji-Odida for representing the Chairperson of the University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem at the ceremony.

Delivering the handover remarks, a jovial Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang thanked Hon. Ovonji-Odida, Members of Management and University staff present for finding valuable time to witness the smooth transition of office.

“I entered office officially on 8th December 2013. I have learnt a lot of things that have enriched my decision making abilities. I have also noted that so many achievements have been realised at Makerere University over the last five years. Some challenges still remain, but we thank God that we are here to take stock of what has been done so far,” he remarked.

Dr. Okello Ogwang’s parting advice to his friend and successor; Dr. Umar Kakumba was to lobby Government to amend the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act so as to streamline the reporting structures for all offices that the DVCAA oversees. He also urged Dr. Kakumba to use his business skills to help improve University revenue collections.

The outgoing DVCAA-Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang (Left) hands over a copy of his report to the Vice Chairperson Council-Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida

The outgoing DVCAA thanked the University Council, Management, Senate as well as his office staff for all the support rendered to him during his tenure. He urged the Leadership and his former staff to render the same level of support to Dr. Umar Kakumba and shared his readiness to continue supporting his friend and successor.

“As a businessman, Dr. Kakumba is starting on a firmer footing than I did and if you support him well, he might yield a lot more, and I am sure Allah will pour his blessings upon him.”

Dr. Okello Ogwang used the same opportunity to reiterate his unconditional love for Makerere University, his alma mater when he said,  “I am still a Makererean. Makerere gave me two degrees, a job, and the opportunity to serve this institution. My loyalty is to Makerere University.”

In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Umar Kakumba expressed great pleasure and humility to be addressing the audience as DVCAA for the next five years, acknowledging that such moments did not come to all individuals. “I thank and appreciate the Almighty God for rendering us the light of opportunity to see this occasion,” he added.

He thanked Hon. Ovonji-Odida for gracing the handover ceremony as well as his colleagues in the University Council and Senate for the guidance and encouragement throughout the race for office.

The First Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of Makerere University, Dr. Umar Kakumba

“If the University Senate had not entrusted me with the mandate to represent them in the University Council, I doubt that I would be in this position today. I therefore thank the University Senate where I have served for eight years and the College of Business and Management Sciences for entrusting me with the responsibility to represent them,” said Dr. Kakumba.

He went on to stress that his service was not to self but to Makerere University which is bigger than each of us as individuals. “All of us are here to make a contribution, to serve both God and humanity and not to become adversarial.”

“The only thing we can walk away with from this institution is our legacies. My commitment to the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) is to make a contribution and leave a legacy,” added Dr. Kakumba.

He thanked his predecessor Dr. Okello Ogwang for spotting his leadership potential and entrusting him with various responsibilities in line with the mandate of the office of the DVCAA.

In his remarks, the DVCFA Prof. William Bazeyo thanked Dr. Okello Ogwang for his service to Makerere University, noting that his contribution had left the institution in a better place than it was five years ago.

Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the DVCFA commended Dr. Okello Ogwang for his tenacity and willingness to find solutions to challenges.

“The Vice Chancellor shared that Dr. Okello Ogwang is one of the most resilient people that he has worked with who could always be counted on to discuss solutions to pressing challenges. I pray that you continue to give us this motion even after your term of office.”

Prof. Bazeyo welcomed the incoming DVCAA, noting that he joins the University Administration at a time when he is needed to make a personal contribution. “It is only through teamwork and accepting that we want to be a contribution to this institution that we will succeed.”

The DVCFA-Prof. William Bazeyo (Left) receives a copy of the outgoing DVCAA-Dr. Ernest Okello Ogwang's report

The DVCFA further thanked the University Council for supporting the DVCAA’s office, noting that this had resulted in the quick issuance of transcripts as well as automated generation of student examination permits. He also thanked the Academic Registrar, Mr. Alfred Namoah Masikye for supporting the DVCAA’s office to attain several milestones during Dr. Okello Ogwang’s tenure.

The Vice Chairperson of Council congratulated Dr. Okello Ogwang upon successfully completing his term and conveyed her respect for his leadership style.

“I have learnt from Dr. Okello Ogwang that humility and respect for others despite their level are very important values. He has the ability to see the good in others and has respect for diversity,” shared Hon. Ovonji-Odida.

The Vice Chairperson was happy to share about the growing diversity in the composition of Makerere’s leadership but noted that she would love to see more women come into Management positions. “Diversity matters and is very important in determining how you are perceived by the community and donors out there. How you cater for persons with disabilities in your infrastructure for example is a very important aspect.”

Addressing the incoming DVCAA, the Vice Chairperson congratulated Dr. Umar Kakumba upon his appointment and encouraged him to reflect upon Makerere’s role in society.

The Vice Chairperson Council, Members of Management and Staff who witnessed the handover ceremony pose for a group photo

“This is a lovely office that allows you to see both the developed and shanty parts of our city, including the greenery. As you sit here, I hope that you will reflect on the connection between Makerere University and Uganda and learn from it,” she advised.

Hon. Ovonji-Odida also prayed that both Deputy Vice Chancellors would work hard to change the challenging aspects of Makerere’s culture and establish cultures that strive for excellence.

“As beneficiaries from people who have seen your potential, I hope that you can see the importance of involving the young in leadership through institutional mentorship,” she added.

The Vice Chairperson fully endorsed Dr. Okello Ogwang’s advice on the need to revise the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act but noted that all staff in their individual capacities have a contribution to make to Makerere University. She therefore called upon all witnesses of the handover ceremony to contribute to the future direction of Makerere by actively taking part in ongoing efforts to draft the new 10-year strategic plan.

“To Dr. Umar Kakumba, you have the full support of the University Council because Management’s success is Council’s success. We want to see you succeed so please, use it (your success) for institutional glory,” concluded Hon. Ovonji-Odida.

The DVCAA handover ceremony was additionally witnessed by the Director Research and Graduate Training (DRGT)-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director Internal Audit (IA)-Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Director Gender Mainstreaming (GMD)-Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine as well as staff from the Finance Department, Internal Audit, Vice Chancellor’s Office, DVCAA’s Office, Directorate of Legal Affairs (DLA) and the Public Relations Office.


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