Ex-Makerere staff association chief Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu scoops new top position

Dr. Nambi Rebecca (C) hands over some of the Department files to Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (L) as Dr. Mathias Mulumba (R) witnesses on 13th January 2022, CEES, Makerere University (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The Department of Humanities and Language Education, College of Education and External Studies has received a new head following the expiry of Dr. Nambi Rebecca’s tenure.

Dr. Nambi handed over office to Dr. Muhammad Musoke Kiggundu after serving 4 months as acting head of the department.

Dr. Nambi highlighted some of her achievements which included the introduction of seminar series, which have resulted in the publication of 13 papers, three staff promotions to the rank of senior lecturer.

Three staff graduated with PhDs. She also introduced the Display Board where staff display their publications. Dr. Nambi welcomed Dr. Kiggundu and wished him a good tenure.

She thanked management for the opportunity to serve her department and the staff for the support given to her during the term of office.

She requested the incoming head to conduct staff trainings for the new curriculum and also spear head curriculum review which is already in the pipeline.

Dr. Kiggundu thanked the staff of the department for the overwhelming support given to him during the voting process and pledged build on the achievements of Dr. Nambi.

Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, College of Education and External Studies (CEES).

Some of the activities he plans to undertake include retooling of the students the college is training so that they fit the new curriculum issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Dr. Kiggundu noted that the department needed more research projects, saying they would be a good incentive for the staff. He called for the support of the Principal and the departmental staff in this endeavor. “I am happy to take on the responsibility given to me and with your support I know that we will achieve a lot,” Dr. Kiggundu said.

On his part, the Principal, Dr. Fred Masagazi Masaazi, thanked Dr. Nambi for holding fort during her tenure and congratulated Dr. Kiggundu upon his election as Head. He cautioned that with the new curriculum, there is need to conduct in-house trainings for staff to bring them to speed with the new teaching and learning methods.

He called on the new Head of Department to read his terms of reference in order to avoid conflict. “It is important to know what is expected of you and the reporting hierarchy,” Prof. Masagazi said.

He also advised Dr. Kiggundu to ensure proper record keeping, saying even documents as old as 100 years are still important. The principal concluded by pledging his support to the new head of department.

The handover was also attended by the Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Mathias Mulumba who thanked Dr. Nambi for steering the college to higher horizons, pointing out that she took over leadership of the department at a difficult time when the university was in the process of conducting online examinations but she effectively managed the period.

He congratulated her upon the introduction of seminars and leading the curriculum review process.

He congratulated Dr. Kiggundu, saying “I know you are a people person which give me pleasure to see you coming in as HoD”. The Dean cautioned Dr. Kiggundu against fights with both his seniors and his juniors. He asked him to always reach out to colleagues and solve all the challenges and differences they may be experiencing. “Conflicts are too costly so solve them as soon as they arise,” Dr. Mulumba advised.

He asked him to serve all people fairly, follow the university structures and also familiarize himself with the university policies especially those in regards to examinations and teaching and learning.

The handover was also witnessed by the Human Resources Officer of the college, Mr. Godfrey Makubuya, Dr. Josephine Kakeeto, Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga, Mr. Mark Rujumba and Ms. Betty Kyakuwa among others.

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