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CAES Honours Three Professors for Distinguished Service to Mak



  • DVCAA hails CAES Principal for the spirit of recognizing colleagues and instituting the culture of  togetherness
  • Staff dine, wine and dance to their last drop
  • All staff get Christmas coupons worth UGX120,000

Three professors in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University were on Friday, 14th December 2018 honored for their distinguished service offered to Makerere University after serving in leadership positions for many years.

Prof. Mnason Tweheyo and Prof. John Muyonga were recognized for serving as Deans for the past 8 years since the university turned collegiate in 2011 in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences and the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering respectively.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba (L) hands over a plaque to outgoing Director MUARIK-Prof. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa (R) as Principal CAES-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha (C) applauds, during the CAES End of Year Party

Prof. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa was honored for serving as Director Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) from 2014 to 2018.

The ceremony held at the Forestry Gardens Quadrangle was presided over by the First Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs (DVCAA) Dr. Umar Kakumba.

Dr. Kakumba hailed the Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha for the spirit of recognizing colleagues for their services and instituting a culture of togetherness.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umaru Kakumba thanked Prof. Bernard Bashaasha for the spirit of recognizing colleagues for their service to Makerere University

“I understand the importance of building human enterprise to be motivated. It is not about working and making money all the time because as humans you reach a saturation point where you need to relax. Such events build cohesion, understanding and appreciation for one another”, Dr. Kakumba said.

The DVCAA congratulated the outgoing leaders for their contributions to the nation and Makerere University.

Dr. Kakumba appreciated the great work done by Prof. Muyonga, saying that as first Deans of their respective Schools, they were both involved in pertinent negotiations during the constitution of the collegiate system.

The Awards handed over to outgoing leaders Prof. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa, Prof. John Muyonga and Prof. Mnason Tweheyo

“Prof. Muyonga has done great to commercialize the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering as well as promoting agro-processing at the Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre.” Kakumba said.

Kakumba described Prof. Tweheyo as a colleague they studied with at the undergraduate level who grew very fast through academic ranks and also a contemporary with whom they came into leadership.

“The School of Forestry has expanded and has done a lot in entrepreneurship and building programs in terms of protecting natural resources, adding value and making them more important to the nation.

A section of the staff who attended the CAES End of Year Party listen to proceedings

Under Prof. Tweheyo’s leadership the school has played a great role in helping the nation to take care of the environment. He has positioned and positively transformed human resources in different aspects like climate change.” The DVCAA acknowledged.

Dr. Kakumba also thanked Prof. Tukamuhabwa for leading MUARIK for four years and face-lifting it to an admirable institute not only in research but also other mandates like production and outreach.

He recognized CAES as one of the strongholds who have supported him in terms of sharing knowledge in the Senate with regard to the constitution and creation of colleges.

The Incoming Dean, School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS)-Prof. Fred Babweteera makes his remarks

The DVCAA expressed commitment to support, visit CAES off campus sites for training and to champion the programs that contribute to the vision and mission of Makerere University.

“We should work together not as adversaries. We should not jeopardize each other. We shall support CAES innovations.  You are our flag bearers in research and innovations and the university is aware of that. This is what we need as a university to promote multi-disciplinarity”, he said.

Prof. Bernard Bashaasha thanked the DVCAA for sparing time to attend the function, and all staff for turning up in big numbers saying, the main objective of the ceremony was to say thank you to the outgoing Deans and Director MUARIK.

The Incoming Dean, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio engineering (SFTNB)-Dr. Abel Atukwase makes his remarks

The second objective according to the Principal was to end the year together as they appreciate the services rendered by colleagues.

“In a special way, I thank the outgoing leaders for their great service to the university. They have served with courage and acted with love, led with respect, integrity and passion.

They have been value adding men and we are proud to have had them and hopefully, we will be guided in their way of management.” Prof. Bashaasha stated.

Principal CAES-Prof. Bernard Bashaasha thanked the outgoing leaders for being exemplary managers

The Principal also appreciated the incoming Deans for their willingness to serve. Dr. Abel Atukwase replaces Prof. John Muyonga while Prof. Fred Babweteera replaces Prof. Mnason Tweheyo.

He advised the new deans to consider themselves as God-given with a major assignment of developing the youth.

He said, although there many demands and expectations, they should not worry about the great things that their predecessors have done but rather identify and run their own race and seek support.

Staff were treated to a sumptuous buffet at the End of Year Party

He described CAES as a diverse college made up of three schools and two off campus institutes deriving its strength in that diversity.

He pledged to invite the new DVCAA for a visit to appreciate the college’s opportunities and needs.

L-R: Dr. Abel Atukwase, Prof. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa, Prof. John Muyonga, Prof. Mnason Tweheyo, DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, Prof. Johnny Mugisha and Prof. Fred Babweteera cut the ceremonial cake at the CAES End of Year party

Every end of year, the CAES organizes a get together party to appreciate services offered by outgoing or retiring staff. The event also offers the opportunity to staff to have fun and network. Staff are also given Christmas coupons worth UGX120, 000 as take-home appreciation.

Report compiled by:
Jane Anyango,
Principal Communication Officer, CAES

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UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021



A male researcher inspects a maize cob in a demonstration plot on 13th August 2010 at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK), Wakiso Uganda.

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) on 7th June 2021 released the seasonal rainfall outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) 2021 period. Contained in the outlook were advisories to various strategic sectors of the economy.

Particularly, the advisory to the Agriculture and Food Security sector was;

  • JJA season is often part of the normal dry season in the areas of South-western, western, parts of the eastern, and central Uganda. The farming communities in these areas are therefore advised to be vigilant during post-harvest handling by considering proper drying of the harvest on clean surfaces, use of tarpaulins and drying on racks;
  • Preparation of good storage facilities of produce to avoid compromising on quality and safety;
  • Channeling of the run-off water into the gardens in order to maximize on the soil moisture conservation;
  • For those areas where near normal to above normal rainfall is expected (most parts of northern and eastern Uganda), farmers are encouraged to continue with regular weeding, pest and disease surveillance and control;
  • Due to the expected enhanced rainfall in those areas, water logging and proliferation of fungal and bacterial crop diseases are likely to occur.
  • Open drainage channels around household and gardens to reduce risks from stagnant water causing damage to root tuber crops;
  • Flash floods and waterlogging are highly anticipated to occur in low lying areas expected to receive enhanced rainfall such as Katakwi and Kapelebyong. Therefore, communities are encouraged to keep watch over their crops, animals and property;
  • In Karamoja sub-region, where wetter conditions are expected, the pastoral communities are advised to diversify into boosting the production of cereals (sorghum, millet, and maize), beans, and ground nuts and sustain pasture availability for livestock.

Please see Downloads for the detailed outlook.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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