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CAES holds End of year Examiners/Christmas Party. 20 retired staff awarded; all staff get Christmas gifts

Retirees pose  for group photo with the Principal and his deputy

CAES Management led by the Principal Prof. Bernard Bashaasha on 14th December, 2017 treated all staff to the end of year get-together Examiners/ Christmas party.

Twenty (20) recently retired staff were awarded for their dedicated service to Makerere University and for setting the foundation on which the college was operating.

 The awards presented to the retired staff included the CAES Excellence Service Award (plaques) and other gifts.

Thirteen (13) retired staff from the School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS) were recognized.

The awards lined up before being given out

A section of staff attending the party

They include Prof. David Osiru, Assoc Prof. James Ssebuliba, Dr.  Victor Ochwo, Dr. Frank  Masiko and Dr. Connie Kyarisiima.                     

Others from SAS were Mr. Nkwine Charles , Mr. Ssesanga Sam and Mrs. Joy Tumuhairwe who retired at a rank of Assistant Lecturers, Mrs. Christine Tenywa (Administrative Secretary), Mrs. Robinah Matovu (Personal  Secretary to the Dean), Mr. Byamugisha Kosea        (Technician), Ms. Joyce Rushaze (Laboratory Attendant) and Ms. Nasita Bamuraze (Cleaner).

Principal, his Deputy and Prof. Osiru cut the cake

Four (04) retired staff from the School of Forestry, Environment And Geographical Sciences (SFEGS) were recognized.

They are  Assoc. Prof. Charles Basalirwa, Dr. Eliezer Kateyo (Lecturer), Mrs. Rhona  Kyamufumba (Personal Secretary to the Dean) and Mr. Ssekindi Sylivester (Technician).

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Assoc. Prof. Levi Kasisira gets his award                                  

Early in the week, all CAES staff totaling 465 (both teaching and non teaching received Christmas gifts  in form of coupons worth 120,000/=. each culminating into a budget of 55.8 million shillings. With this coupon staff will go to Shoprite Super Market and get items worth the amount on the coupon.

Speaking during the Examiners/Christmas party at the Forest Gardens in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences,  Prof. Bashaasha  appreciated the retired staff in their different capacities for their contribution to Makerere University.

“Everybody is appreciated. Your contribution is immense and invaluable. You set the foundation for the college where we are standing. Some of you taught us  and we sincerely appreciate.

Everybody  plays a big role in examining. Cooks move faster than always during examination time. Everyone, cleaners are stressed during this time. Instructors are happy and angry, so we are all examiners”, The Principal stated.

Administrative secretary Christine Tenywa receiving her award

Prof. Bashaasha reported that the college had an eventful semester with a number of successes and innovations.

“Prof. Phinehas Tukamuhabwa released a new variety of soybean (Maksoy 6N).

New projects have come up  and Dr. Richard Edema’s MaRCCI was launched by the First Lady.

We have signed various MoUs and the building in Kabanyolo has finally started.

Academic programmes have been approved in SFEGS and SFTNB and many are in the pipe line.

One of our responsibilities is to nurture young universities. I was part of the team that was headed by Dr. J. J Okiror to help Kumi University start a curriculum and our contribution was at no cost”, The Principal accounted.

Prof. Bashaasha lauded staff members for producing high number PhD candidates for the next graduation ceremony slated for January 2018.

“Senate did me proud when the college was appreciated for  having 15 PhDs for graduation   and we are next to the College of Health Sciences. You are working  hard and we appreciate”, Prof. Bashaasha said.

The Principal  extended a word of forgiveness to all staff where things might not have gone well saying, Christmas is  a time for forgiveness and healing. He wished all staff with their families a prosperous 2018.

The Deputy Principal, Assoc. Professor Gorettie Nabanoga  expressed gratitude for the opportunity to meet as a family and thanked the Principal for the stewardship.

Assoc. Prof. Gorettie Nabanoga speaking

Dr. Nabanoga re echoed the role  played by  the retired staff as those that set a foundation on which the college was moving.

“The fact that you  were the best, you lived as examples and you made Makerere proud. We are still with you.

Thank you for honouring  the duties that we are here for. We are here for teaching, research, examining despite the challenges”, The Deputy Principal said.

Dr. Nabanoga described the support staff as a key partners in realizing  academic success.

‘Without you we wouldn’t be what we are. Thank you for your dedication. We want to continue having a friendly, parental and sisterly relationship. CAES is well known for that.

Nasta Bamuraze , cleaner gets her gift

There is no difference between professors, lecturers and support staff but we live as a family and I believe we shall move on like that. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”, Nabanoga said.

Speaking on behalf of the retired staff, Prof. David Osiru thanked the college management for remembering the retirees.

“ Thank you for thinking about  getting  retired staff. To me, it is a formal  send off and a surprise. The fact that you were able to call us means that you love us”, Prof. Osiru commended.

The Professor also described Makerere University as a nice place to work  with, with a collegial spirit, no serious fightings, embezzling and cheating as compared to other universities he has been to.

“ Makerere is a fantastic and warm place to work with. I have never had any quarrel with anybody and nobody has told me that they hate me. We all work as a family and we all enjoy the business of working like a family.

You may think Makerere is treating you very badly. When you go out there, it is when you realize that things are more difficult.” Prof. Osiru said.

He called upon fellow retirees to feel grateful for the fact that their  Principal, Deans and Heads of Departments have brought them together after their service to the university.

On behalf of the    Examiners, Dr. Sadat Walusimbi thanked the party organizing committee for the job well done.

Dr. Sadhat Walusimbi speaking on behalf of examiners

Dr. Walusimbi recognized the academic and non academic staff for the helping hand towards the examination process.

“We are not alone. There are people in the back door that have been supporting the examination process.

People like secretaries, tea girls, cleaners, messengers and many others have been instrumental.

We want to recognize their efforts for making the examination process enjoyable”. The Don appreciated.

Report compiled by;

Jane Anyango;

Communication Officer, CAES


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