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By Goodluck Musinguzi

Over 1500 Staff under Makerere University Academic Staff Association(MUASA) are voting for new leaders who will replace the Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi Committee that has finished two terms of office today.
Four years ago, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi was overwhelmingly supported by over 1500 staff to lead the vibrant Makerere University Academic Staff Association(MUASA). After serving two terms, the staff has an opportunity to choose the next leader.
 Dr. Charles Niwagaba Returning Officer.
Dr. Charles Niwagaba is the returning officer who has set 14 and 15th as days for voting. Nominations to fill the Core Executive of MUASA were held on 2nd and 3rd. He said the campaigns were smooth without any accident and hope the voting will be peaceful.
Dr. Robert Kakuru and Dr. Tom Darlington Balojja were neck to neck campaigning to replace Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi as Chairperson.
Dr. Robert Kakuru
Dr Tom Darlington Balojja
Vice-Chairperson has attracted Dr. Samuel George Okech and Dr. Andrew Kizito Muganga.
Dr.Damuel George Okech
Photo 6 Dr Andrew Kizito Muganga
Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi had vowed to use his term of office to create a MUASA SACCO with the aim of strengthening the financial position of the Association. Speaking to the joyful audience at the swearing-in ceremony that was held on 15th January 2018, Dr. Kamunyu said that the New MUASA Executive was committed to resource mobilization and strengthening the financial position of the Association beyond the current income-generating activities.
Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi Swearing-in (Courtesy photo)

To achieve this, he pledged to institute processes and procedures that are guided by approved operating manuals with an improved outlook to governance as well as increased trust in the Association‘s ability to handle finances and guide investments.

“This SACCO will increase our social cohesion, empower us financially, and increase our love for the Association. MUASA SACCO will not compete with any available saving options in the university as many may anticipate, it will instead expand saving opportunities for members but this time with a clear social development objective and governance structure.

Dr. Kamunyu envisioned a meaningful and stronger MUASA that focuses on not only uniting but also positively changing the lives of its members beyond salary enhancement and harmonization. According to Dr. Kamunyu, his team promised to work with the University Management to improve governance and promote compliance to policies and regulations.

“We want consistent improvement in ethical standards especially in the handling of financial, administrative, and academic matters. We want transparency in staff development and promotions policy and procedures, college financial management, and improved budgeting and compliance budgets. We will continue to call for action towards a pro service delivery procurement system and one that guarantees good value for money,” he said.

After serving as the Association’s Public Relations Officer for two years, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi was on Monday 11th December 2017, elected as the new Chairperson of MUASA replacing Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu-Musoke; his term officially started on 5th January 2018. He pointed to the past two years of serving MUASA as a period of learning to; serve people selflessly, take MUASA’s position seriously, listen to others carefully and be open-minded.

“I, therefore, believe that my victory as the MUASA Chairperson was not out of persuasive campaign but out of the trust that MUASA fraternity has in me. Even when I know that the tasks ahead are many and yet with no straightforward methods of accomplishing them, I will be reminded of your resolute trust in my ability and push forward,” he remarked.

Dr. Kamunyu Muhwezi who was in the company of his beloved wife Mrs. Mariam Kamunyu and children Charles and Rebecca Kamunyu thanked the Almighty God and the MUASA fraternity for allowing him to serve the Association as the Chairperson. He also thanked the outgoing Chairperson Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu-Musoke and his Executive for steering the Association for the last five years. “Your leadership has brought various staff welfare achievements such as salary enhancement and health insurance. Together with my team, I promise to build on from where you have stopped. We hope that you will be available for consultation where need arises especially when we move to tap from your wealth of experience as MUASA leader” he said.

“I also thank the MUASA Electoral Commission for delivering a credible election. The election you organized has never been held in the history of MUASA. We are glad and honored to have taken these respectable positions with the undisputed mandate which we believe you made possible. We are partners in strengthening your mandate because we are aware that at some point, bad elections were threatening to undermine MUASA,” he added.

The swearing-in ceremony was presided over by the Commissioner of Oaths His Worship Mr. Lawrence Tweyanze and witnessed by Jolly J. Sonko representing the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, the Representative from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Makerere University Management, and staff among others.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the new Executive and looked forward to their cooperation with the Management. He encouraged the team to consider looking for more aid and funds to boost the institution’s research.


“Research is one of the biggest pillars of Makerere University. This means that it needs to be heavily funded. We also have to enforce our policies that can keep the intuition’s research at the highest rank that is why I suggest that every Ph.D. and Masters’s Student must begin to publish at least one publication before they finish. This is what the best universities do,” said the Vice-Chancellor.

Prof. Nawangwe appreciated Dr. Kiggundu-Musoke and his Executive for employing diplomacy to win the negotiations on salary enhancement.

The elected MUASA Executive at the time led by the Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Chairperson and other remembers include:

•    Assoc. Prof. Edward Nector Mwavu (Vice Chairman),
•    Dr. Michael Walimbwa (General Secretary),
•    Dr. Geoffrey Nuwagaba (Deputy General Secretary),
•    Mr. Hussein Oria (Treasurer),
•    Dr. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala (Academic & Research),
•    Mr. Arthur Mugisha (Welfare),
•    Mr. Allan Ochieng (Public & External Relations),
•    Assoc. Prof. John Bosco Lamoris Okullo (CAES college representative),
•    Mr. Milton Wabyona (CHUSS college representative),
•    Dr. Anthony Tibaingana (CoBAMS college representative),
•    Dr. Andrew Tamale (CoVAB college representative),
•    Dr. Amin Kiggundu Tamale (CEDAT college representative),
•    Dr. Erem Geoffrey (CHS college representative) and
•    Mr. Mwanje Aloysius Desire (COCIS college representative).

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