INTERVIEW: Newly installed Rotaract Club President for Makindye West outlines priorities

Stven Mayombwe, the newly installed President of the Rotaract Club of Makindye West (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Mr. Steven Mayombwe was on Thursday July 1, 2021 installed as the new President for Rotaract Club of Makindye West.

Our reporter caught up him to explain his priorities for the club.

QN: Kindly, briefly, tell us about you

ANS: My name is Mayombwe Steven, born on the 23rd October 1995.

I’m a professional Journalist formerly a news anchor with Record TV Uganda.
I have served as GRC at Makerere University, Speaker Mujca, Speaker Nkobazambogo Makerere University, Ssentebe Zambogo Makindye SS, Information minister, among others.

Currently, I’m also the youth leader Luwafu Parish for Buganda Kingdom.

In the recently concluded national polls, I beat all odds and emerged as the Victor to become the LC3 Councillor for Luwafu A at KCCA Makindye Urban Council on the DP ticket.

QN: How did you hear about Rotary and why did you decide to join the Rotaract club of Makindye West?

ANS: Our Charter President Abbey Ssentongo scouted me when I wrote an article on the life on the late RI President Elect Sam Owori on the eve of his passing.
He reached out and showed the beauty of an organization Rotary I had written about, invited me and after the visits, I loved it. Now here I’m a Rotaractor honored to serve as President.

QN: Tell us about your journey as a member of the honchos. What leadership positions have you taken up prior to your nomination as PE ?

ANS: I have learnt so much from the Honchos and equally had great times with the Rotaract fraternity. This is like my other family.

I have served as the Charter Membership Director, then Public Relations Chair and Club Admin, PLD Chair, FAN Chair and PE serving under various leaders.

QN: What is your vision for the Rotaract club of Makindye West as the president of the Honchos?

ANS: I would love to take the Rotaract Club of Makindye West to the Community.
It disturbs when we say we are a community Club when some people in ten community are unaware of our existence and only see Rotary as a very expensive brand they cannot afford.

I dream to see them appreciate that everyone can be a Rotaractor provided they are inspired by Service to humanity.

QN Who are some of your role models in Rotary and why?

ANS: AGE Kayitalama past president of RC Makindye; he is down to earth and always available to offer assistance when you tap on him. He represents the best of Rotary.

CP Abbey Ssetongo; he has his flaws just like all of us but when put to the corner, he appreciates the facts and move on so well.
And also if he didn’t extend an invite to me, I don’t know whether I would be in Rotaract.

Rotarians from our mother Club also inspire me greatly.

QN: Is there anything in particular that you would change about Rotary if you could?

ANS: Mode of Communication; I would allow Clubs communicate in local languages and also make Rotary literature available in these languages.

In doing so, we shall be more open to everyone else joining us.

QN: What is your advice to club members as you begin your year of service?

ANS: There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that the board and Rotary can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this Club the only way it’s been done for now 3 presidencies plus the Charter era — block by block, brick by brick, with empathy.

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