Museveni to Meet Makerere Staff


site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>This was during the Second Convention of the Great Lakes Students’ Union held on Saturday 7th June 2014 at Makerere University in the Main Hall under the theme, and “The Role of the youth in propelling unity, peace and prosperity in the Great Lakes region.”

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The Great Lakes Students’ Union, which President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched last year at Makerere University, comprises over 5,000 past and present Student leaders from the Great Lakes Region.

The Patron of the Great Lakes Students’ Union is Gen. Elly Tumwine while the Chairperson of the Great Lakes Students’ Union is Mr. David Lewis, a student at Makerere University.

In his address, Mr. David Lewis, the Chairperson of the Great Lakes Students’ Union said that the purpose of the Great Lakes Students’ Union is to build a breed of leaders who will fully understand the power of regional integration for the realization of social-economic transformation in the Great Lakes Region.

He then introduced the student leadership and delegates from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda who turned up in big numbers to attend the 2nd Convention.

Ddumba invites Museveni

Delivering his welcome address at the function, Makerere Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu requested Museveni to support the University “during the process of creating legal and procedural environment conducive to establishment of public- private partnerships to help the University to develop assets into viable income generating facilities.”

The Vice Chancellor also commended the President for initiating numerous programmes aimed at empowering the youth.

He then used the same opportunity to deliver a special request from the youth at Makerere University.

“Mr. President, the leadership of key constituencies in the University including staff and students is mostly comprised of youth…The youth of Makerere University, who constitute about 80 percent of the University community, would definitely like to meet with you at a time of your convenience to share their views on matters concerning them and our country.”

The Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, reiterated the Vice Chancellor’s wish for viable public-private partnerships.

During the question and answer session, Dr. Kiggundu Musoke asked, “Your Excellency, is there a way we can meet you to discuss the issue of symbiotic relationship which you have emphasized in your keynote address and the public-private partnerships emphasized in the Vice Chancellor’s remarks?”

With a smile, Museveni responded: “I am ready to meet Makerere University Staff to discuss symbiosis early July 2014. The Vice Chancellor and the Chairperson of MUASA should follow up this matter with the President’s Office.”

The development could be a first step is rebooting relations between Makerere and the central government after years of struggle for a pay rise for the campus staff.


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