Staff that retired during the year 2023 were formerly sent off during a luncheon organized in their honor at the CEDAT Conference Hall, December 22nd 2023.
A cross section of staff including teaching, non-teaching and support staff upon reaching the mandatory retirement age exited the University Service.
While speaking at the event, the first of its kind, the Principal CEDAT, Prof. Moses Musinguzi, noted that there were a number of people that contribute to the realization of the Vision and mission of the university that needed to be recognized. He said often the teaching staff, the Lecturers take credit that they produce graduates leaving out others like the lab technicians that prepare the laboratories, the cleaners that ensure cleanliness in the environment who also make great contributions that need to be recognized.
‘Thank you for all the contributions you have made in your respective capacities as senior academicians, the laboratory staff, the support staff and everyone he said at the luncheon held in honor of the outgoing staff as well as acknowledging the year-long contribution of the entire staff to the work output in the college.
We would have loved to continue having you here but we have to comply with the statutory requirements which demands that when the time comes you retire. We are bound by the law to let you go, he said. CEDAT is in your blood and as family, we shall always welcome you whenever you come by, he said.
The acting Director Human Resources Makerere University Mujuni Deus Tayari congratulated the principal and his deputy upon their appointment for the next four years. Further he extended his appreciation to the previous team, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe and Dr. Venny Nakazibwe for the good service they rendered to the university and the college in their respective positions of leadership. He also thanked the Heads of Departments and Deans for accepting to take on the administrative responsibilities in addition to their teaching roles.
While commenting about the event convened to send off retiring staff, Mr. Mujuni noted that these were rare functions and commended the CEDAT leadership and management for the gesture which he said was one way of stepping up staff motivation, interaction and an indication that the management team was appreciative of the contribution by staff. He further reminded all staff to prepare for their exit. As you join service, you start planning for your exit, he emphasized.
Mujuni said irrespective of the rank, all staff contribute to the mission of the university and urged all to served diligently. He pledged the University’s continued support to retired staff citing the example of the children studying and supported by the University.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Prof. Henry Alinaitwe commended the good working relationships that enabled him steer the college for close to ten years. He said the Christmas hampers and the meal shared by all staff was one such example of extending humanity to all, a good gesture of sending off those leaving honorably and urged the retirees to keep active while out there.
The previous leaders were gifted as a sign of appreciation from the Department of Environment and Civil Engineering as well as Geomatics and Land Management. The retiring staff were appreciative of the University that offered them an opportunity to serve, make friends and grow in various respects.