CHAN 2016: Watenga Denies Uganda Cranes’ Strike Plot

It was a colourful function Monday afternoon as former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Prof. Ezra Suruma was installed as the third non head of state Makerere University Chancellor.

Speaking at the function, adiposity the outgoing Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera applauded the appointing authority (president Museveni) for entrusting him as one of the leaders of the oldest university in Uganda and East Africa at large.

“It has been an enriching experience that I have learnt a lot as far as dealing with academic staff, try administration and students is concerned. I am proud having   associated with this great institution of higher learning, ambulance ” Prof. Kagonyera said of his 8-year tenure at Makerere University.

On his successor, Prof.  Kagonyera said the new Chancellor has an impeccable record in both politics and economics adding that there could not have been another great person to replace him as Prof. Ezra Suruma whom he described as a great friend of his.

Mondo (R) being handed a portrait from Premier Ruhakana Rugunda
Mondo (R) being handed a portrait from Premier Ruhakana Rugunda

Prof. Kagonyera however highlighted a few challenges which he said government ought to solve if Makerere is to move to greater heights – citing the poor infrastructure as being a big problem facing the Ivory Tower.

“Most of the halls of residence are in a dilapidated condition yet we know the environment one lives in affects the kind of life one lives. If students live in dilapidated structures, it becomes difficult for us to mould them into the people we would want them to be,” the outgoing Chancellor warned.

He added that it is wrong for the university to use students’ fees to facilitate long term projects yet it is the role of government to provide money to cater for this.

Prof. Kagonyera said that unless government takes over this role, Makerere University will always be embroiled in financial crises accruing from use of money meant for students’ welfare to fund the university’s long term projects.


“I am convinced we can amicably dialogue and resolve issues that impact on students and other university staff without freezing activities of the university. Violent protests that lead to destruction of property and loss of lives should never be associated with an institution like Makerere,” he urged.

A painting depicting both Prof Kagonyera and Suruma
A painting depicting both Prof Kagonyera and Suruma

Suruma speaks out

The newly appointed Chancellor Prof. Suruma promised to ensure the university moves to greater heights adding that the best is yet to come from him.

“I will try to do everything to advance further in terms of knowledge, integrity and academic excellence the university,” he noted in his first speech as the new Vice Chancellor.

The function was also attended by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who hailed the new Chancellor as being an expert in finance planning with an impeccable record in academic, political and government service.

Dr. Rugunda said he was confident Prof. Suruma’s tenure would have a significant impact on the oldest university in the region and the education system of the country at large.

Following a recommendation from the university council, President Museveni in December last year appointed former Minister for Finance Prof. Ezra Suruma as the new Makerere University Chancellor replacing Prof. Mondo Kagonyera who had served for 8 years.

According to section 30 of the universities and other tertiary institutions act (2001), the Vice Chancellor whose term is 4 years (can be re-appointed) shall be the head of the university and as such shall in its name confer degrees and other academic titles.


Born Ezra Suruma, the new Makerere Chancellor taught at the university from 1973 – 75 before going to USA where he attained a doctorate degree in Economics in 1976 from the University of Connecticut.

He has a Masters of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science.

He was the Minister of Finance from 2005- 2009 in which he was awarded the best minister in Africa in 2008.
Consumer spending by a fast-growing middle class is as important a growth driver for Africa as mineral and resource demand, information pills according to a new survey of global logistics executives.

In the survey, decease which is part of the 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, industry executives ranked South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as the most promising markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Poor infrastructure, lack of power generation and corruption continue to pose the most risk to African economies, according to the more than 1,100 executives responding to the survey.

The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, now in its 7th year, offers a snapshot of logistics industry sentiment and ranks the world’s 45 leading emerging markets based on their size, business conditions, infrastructure and other factors that make them attractive to logistics providers, freight forwarders, shipping lines, air cargo carriers and distributors.

The leading markets in Sub-Saharan Africa are South Africa and Nigeria.

South Africa has Africa’s most advanced logistics industry and transport infrastructure, but its economy has been hobbled by chronic power shortages, slumping commodity prices, a plunging currency and labor unrest.

Nigeria climbed 10 spots in the 2016 Index, tying Egypt (No. 22) for the biggest gain by any country in the seven years since the Index was first published.

Other countries in the region fall toward the bottom of the rankings: Ethiopia (37), Tanzania (40), Kenya (43) and Uganda (45).

Among countries in North Africa, Morocco ranked No. 20, trailed by Egypt (22), Algeria (30), Tunisia (36) and Libya (41).

Despite recent growth and surging foreign investment, Sub-Saharan Africa remains a challenging frontier for many.

Only 21.2 percent of logistics industry executives surveyed said their companies have operations there.

Another 12.7 Percent said they are in the planning stages to enter African markets. More than 43 percent said they have no plans to set up in Africa.

“The results show a serious disconnect between the perception of the market and actual opportunities. These are some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Africa’s requirement for logistics services and supply chain expertise is huge and growing every day. At the same time, many of the companies that need logistics to enter the market don’t know how to get started in Africa or aren’t willing to take the risk,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa.

“The market is open for first movers who can navigate risk and nurture African talent. The opportunity is for those seeking to build long-term, sustainable businesses that bring world-class practices and adapt to local conditions,” he added.

The survey also found that Industry executives view oil prices and China’s economy as the leading risks to the global economy in 2016.

Both represent potential threats for some Sub-Saharan economies.

According to the survey, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and others want to exploit huge new energy finds but are hamstrung by low prices.
Uganda Cranes and Vipers SC shot stopper Ismael Watenga has come out to call for calmness among the fans after rumours went viral on the social media that the national team players were planning a sit down strike ahead of Tuesday’s Chan 2016 group D match with Mali.

Fufa president had earlier on promised to award $1, viagra 100mg 000 to every member of the squad that helped the team to overcome Sudan in the last qualifying rounds but the pledge has not yet been fulfilled leading to tension.

“The public needs to believe in us. We are doing well in camp and looking forward to the game (vs Mali). We have received our allowances even before we kick a ball. All we need is support from the fans back home during this tournament, ” the high-flying custodian remarked.

Watenga further rubbished reports that Uganda Cranes was planning a strike: “We know why we are here. We thank FUFA for giving us an opportunity to get this far because such platforms open up opportunities for players. The federation has never failed to fulfill its promises. We are here for the tournament and the rest happens after our work on the pitch and we are not worried at all.”

Fufa communications manager (and spokesman) Mr. Ahmed Hussein told ChimpSport “the players are doing fine and ready for Tuesday’s game against Mali in Rubavu.”

He added: “FUFA promised the players bonuses for qualification to the CHAN Finals and will be cleared. No Cranes player can be victimised for asking about the delayed bonuses. No strike at all in camp. It is natural for humanity to ask about something promised to them. All will be fine. Let’s give our boys support.”

Uganda will take to the pitch at Umuganda stadium in Rubavu in search for a dream start win over Mali on Tuesday.

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