On the final day of her maiden visit to Makerere University, Mrs Pauline Uti Mazrui paid a courtesy call on CHUSS, a College her husband diligently served under the Faculty of Social Sciences between 1963-1973. For the 10 years he spent at Makerere University, Prof. Mazrui laid a firm foundation for the Department of Political Science and Public Administration where he served as Head of Department and Professor. During his tenure, he introduced courses in international relations and law which have since gone a long way in making the Department of Political Science and Public Administration more relevant to local and international issues. He also served as the first African Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
In company of Mohamed K. Mazrui- a cousin to the late Prof. Mazrui, Mrs Mazrui met with the Management team and staff of CHUSS on Friday, 12th February, 2016 to further discuss ways of advancing the Makerere-Mazruian projects. The projects include the Ali Mazrui Chair and Scholarship Endowment and the Mazrui Centre of Global Studies (MCGS).The Ali Mazrui Chair at Makerere is in honour of the exemplary record of his accomplishments that began at the University in 1963. Professor Mazrui received that honour on August 11, 2009, at Makerere University, during a colourful ceremony which was officiated by H.E. Yoweri Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, represented by Professor Apollo Nsibambi, then, Prime Minister of Uganda. The Chair and scholarship endowment is intended to attract future occupants of exceptional distinction in the hope that any new holder would repeat Professor Mazrui's illustrious record of the past. The Chair is also expected to support national and internationally credentialed research professors and lecturers in teaching, research, new innovations and knowledge exchange.
During the meeting held in the School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall, the Deans and Heads of Department present briefed Mrs Mazrui about the projects in their schools.
In her remarks, Mrs Mazrui expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded to them. “I am really grateful. When I arrived in Uganda, I felt at home and wished I was here with Prof. Mazrui. Nevertheless, I feel his sprit allover,” she said. Mrs Mazrui said although her husband was born in Kenya, he was more Ugandan and was always proud of Makerere University and Uganda in general. “He always told us about Makerere University and the great debates that used to be held here.” Commenting on the strategy paper aimed at setting up a project in CHUSS to carry forward Prof. Mazrui’s works, Mrs Mazrui noted that although her husband was a political scientist, he was knowledgeable in different fields and therefore the project should be inter-disciplinary. The development of the strategy paper will be spearheaded by the Deputy Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Abasi Kiyimba.
The Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira, appreciated the Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, for supporting the advancement of the Makerere-Mazruian projects. Prof. Mutebile is the Patron of the Makerere-Mazruian projects. Speaking on his appointment as the first African Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Kirumira said the College and University at large owe Prof.Mazrui a lot to prove that Africans can effectively lead higher institutions of learning and create a conducive environment for nurturing a new generation of African academics. He underscored the role CHUSS can play in engaging the larger community in Uganda to deliberate on matters of national importance. “The College should provide opportunity for nurturing young scholars. The Mazruian and other projects should help us generate resources for debates on current affairs and evidence-based research,” he explained.
The meeting was attended by the Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies, Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, the Executive Director and Founder Member of Makerere University Private Sector Forum, Mr. Nuha Mwesigwa, the Head of the Department of African Languages, Dr Kizza Mukasa, and Dr Helen Nkabala Nambalirwa, Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies.