The Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, has lauded Makerere University for championing the setting up of Leadership Institute named after him that will inspire students to become great leaders.
He said this during the laying of the foundation stone for William Samoei Ruto Leadership Institute at the Department of Performing Arts and Film Grounds at Makerere University on Saturday 21st December 2019.
"I am proud to be associated with this initiative at East Africa’s oldest University and highest Institution of learning for pioneering intervention in the twenty-first century," Dr. Ruto told guests.
This was the Deputy President’s first time to visit Makerere University, which event coincided with his birthday.
"I am happy to be in this great Institution of learning. It's a tremendous honour for me to join distinguished guests in this auspicious ceremony," he stated.
"I am immensely honoured in choosing me to be in the magnificent historic achievements of Makerere University," the Kenyan Deputy President added.
He stressed that it was important for East Africans to work together as a community rather than each country working alone.
"If we work together, the better for all us," he told guests who included Makerere University as well as Kenyan and Ugandan Government officials.
He implored the Heads of State to begin a new engagement and forge a new framework that would work for the best interests of the people of East Africa.
The Kenyan Deputy President agreed with President Yoweri Museveni’s philosophy of a United East Africa and called for removable border barriers to enable the people engage in trade freely.
"The borders existing today should not be barriers and roadblocks but should be converted to bridges as stepping stones to work together," he stated.
He emphasized the need for expediting East African Federation as it will advance the prosperity of the people in the region.
"The sooner we forge East African federation, the sooner our prosperity becomes meaningful to our people," he said.
The Deputy President pledged to support the Institute named after him saying he will play his role of inspiring young people to become great leaders.
The objectives of William Samoei Ruto Leadership Institute include; developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning about Africa, collaborating with similar institutes in Africa and globally to deepen the understanding of Africa in all its complexity and involve common perspective on global issues.
Other objectives are; to contribute to discussion, analysis and resolution of central challenges facing African societies through research and extension work, enhancing and enriching intellectual and cultural life, establishing an environment for flourishing study and debate on African languages, philosophies, social and political systems as well as strengthening relationships between academic and indigenous intellectuals as basis for reclaiming indigenous knowledge and integrate this to local communities.
Delivering his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe invited Makerere University students of Performing Arts and Film to sing a happy birthday song to the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, who was all smiles as the students sang.
He commended the brains behind the H.E. Dr. Ruto Leadership Institute saying it’s good for the youth as they will be inspired.
He lauded Dr. Ruto for his resilience and determination to become a global leader and urged the youth to embrace the same principles.
Prof. Nawangwe informed guests that Makerere University is a premier university and the best black university on earth which has produced great leaders and professionals in different fields such as writers, doctors, lawyers, artists and others.
"Makerere University remains the most important institution of higher learning in Africa and beyond," Prof. Nawangwe told guests.
He revealed that the University is strategizing to become a leader in research on the continent and globally.
The Minister of East African Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, who represented the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda underscored the need for unity of the people of East Africa.
"Unity is our strength as African people, we have a common destiny," Otafiire stated. He also encouraged partner states to work towards improving the lives of their people. He commended the setting up of the William S. Ruto Institute as it be will a center of intellectual debate for students in the East African region.
Dr. Paul Bamutaze, the President of East Africa Book of Records (EABOR) told guests that the Institute will be inaugurated as a centre for the Annual Ruto Public lecture where young people in East Africa would encouraged and inspired to become great leaders.
The Secretary General of EABOR, Mr. Simon Gikuru informed guests that the William S. Ruto Leadership Institute is important as a centre where youth will interact and be inspired to believe in themselves and acquire leadership skills. He also hailed President Museveni for endorsing the initiative.
The representative of Kenyan students at Makerere University, Mr. Ahmed Abdirahman thanked the Heads of State in East of Africa for the existing bilateral relations which have enabled students from Kenya to study at Makerere University-the premier university in the region.
Article by: Mak Public Relations Office
UNMA Advisory on Agriculture and Food Security Jun-Aug 2021
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.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
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.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- 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.
- 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]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
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.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF 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.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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