Wednesday, March 9, 2011

December 2010 Integrity awards

I was given an opportunity by ACLAIM AFRICA ACLAIM– a company limited that cherishes values and upholds corporate integrity and promotes quality management agenda in Uganda and Africa in General. ACLAIM Africa Limited is a management training and consultancy company that was founded and incorporated in Uganda in 1995. Its mission is to transform organizations by strengthening management for effectiveness, competitiveness and growth. ACLAIM is structured along four main departments; Financial Services Bureau (FSB), Financial Consultancy and Training (FINCON), Business Organization & Development (BOD) and Administration. ACLAIM’s head office is in Kampala, and it operates nationally and continentally (Africa) covering the public sector, private sector and the non-profit sector.

At first I thought the task was simple... but it is very tough to get Ugandans who are corrupt free. After a 30 days survey the following were the facts:


2.1 Background

a) Process of Identifying Awardees

A process was initiated where some nominations were made primarily by members of respective professional networks and industry groups. Additional nominees were later added through visits and telephone interviews to reporters and peers knowledgeable within the profession. Attempts were made to go beyond the professions because to become a star and an icon in society is beyond the boundaries of ‘professions’. The minimum criteria set out are here below:
 They should be + 40 years
 Must be a Ugandan citizen
 Must be a manager or a leader in any professional field or business and must have portrayed professional excellence in leadership;
 Must have over 15 significant years of working experience, highlighted by their intentionality in standing for integrity;
 Must have made significant contribution and impact that is quite evident to the public, and must have honour that is imputed upon them as individuals;

For avoidance of doubt, ACLAIM staff members or employees of partner organizations or their relatives were removed as eligible nominees.

b) Award criteria
The awarding criteria looked critically at the following and applied it to any individual irrespective of the category:

 An individual who has made a concrete and positive impact through his or her work - including a demonstrable benefit to the promotion of integrity in Uganda.
• An individual that has demonstrated innovation in communicating the value and importance of integrity to the younger generation or an inspiration to younger professionals.
• An individual who has delivered exceptional service to clients and colleagues, without any taint of a lack of professionalism or doubtful integrity.
• An individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of integrity in the respective community in which they operate.
• An individual who has successfully promoted integrity and initiatives to encourage such values within professional circles, and been seen by peers as consistent in living by the same values they promote.

2.2 Approach and Methodology

a) Work Methodology:
The tasks in the assignment was through the following approaches but not limited to:

Scope of work Process
Review the nominations that have been received, and determine how the nominees fulfill the award criteria.
The results of the nominees originally submitted were treated as individual nominees. Whoever was nominated among that list was taken on as a single tally.
Undertake a survey to identify additional nominees in the respective categories who fulfill the award criteria and document them The survey was both quantitative and qualitative involving administration of instruments through Telephone interviews and information on nominees was gathered as a back up by a meticulous documentary review of relevant records and reports.
Make recommendations for consideration by the Judges of one nominee in each category All nominees obtained ere subjected to secondary and qualitative data obtained from various sources. However, all nominees were subjected to some of the following sources:
 Court records;
 Reports of the Inspectorate of Government,
 Office of Auditor General,
 Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority;
 Newspapers,
 Legislative documents,
 Research reports,
 Policy papers,
 Hansards of Parliament and
 National Integrity Survey Reports among others.
The above documents were critical in profiling the nominees.
Provide the necessary citations that would be used in recognition of the selected awardees. Profiled and made necessary citations for each category giving facts and figures on every nominee that helped the panel of judges to make appropriate decision.

b) Nomination Process
The process and nomination form that was designed attracted nominations as advertised in a form attached as Annex 1

d) Analysis of nominations
The nominations as earlier indicated were through a form designed by ACLAIM and later through telephone and physical interviews. The interviews were focused on naming a icon and two reasons why one has named them. Later the nominations were both subjected to quantitative and qualitative reviews involving tallying that was later backed up by a meticulous documentary review of relevant records and reports. The results of the quantitative data analysis were corroborated with secondary and qualitative data obtained from;
i) Court records;
ii) Reports of the Inspectorate of Government,
iii) Office of Auditor General,
iv) Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority;

Other sources of Literature included; Newspapers, Legislative documents, Research reports, Policy papers, Hansards of Parliament and National Integrity Survey Reports among others.

The above documents were critical in profiling the nominees.

2.2 Scope of the Study
The study was conducted in Central region where there is a concentration of professional bodies and mainly through physical visits and telephone calls. However purposeful contacts were made to some upcountry professionals to find out who their stars and icons are. The initial nominations through electronic mail were received by ACLAIM from 1st to 21st September 2010. The consequent visits and telephone interviews were conducted between 28th October and 15th November 2010.

2.3 Sample selection and Distribution
Purposeful interviews were carried out. Lists of professional bodies were obtained and a number of professionals were interviewed. Then other professionals through snowball sampling were asked to name others for interview. This helped to get an adequate number of respondents that helped to throw light on how they perceive their icons and also broadened the fact that an icon within a certain profession was not necessarily one outside the profession.

2.3 Data Entry and Analysis
After the data collection exercise, all entries were coded mostly to capture responses and the reasons of nomination. After that, data analysis was done and the report was written in MS word and tables were generated using Microsoft Excel.

2.4 Nominees Analysis by a panel of Judges
All entries were tabled and subjected to scrutiny by a panel of prominent citizens of Uganda. These Judges who on their own would qualify to be among the top integrity candidates meticulously scrutinized and discussed nominee by nominee. They reviewed the top four and in each category after long deliberations chose a star and later identified an icon among the top five stars. The list of the Judges’ are named at the end of this report.




The reasons advanced for nominating icons were several and quite interesting. Those nominated as icons were included those who have made efforts in the fight against corruption, discussion of good national issues, good governance, ethical & professionalism and having a clean media record for example never having been reported to be implicated in corruption related scandals. The table below shows some of the reason advanced by the respondents to name their icons:

Table 1: General Reasons for Naming a Person
S/No Reasons for naming a person
i) Fights for integrity in the sector/profession
ii) Ethical/ professional in their work
iii) Strives for the good of the country
iv) Never implicated in scandals
v) Does not take bribes or give favors
vi) Has refuses to be intimidated by Government machinery
vii) Has developed some systems to prevent abuse
viii) Processes and handles work expeditiously

Within each of the categories, several other reasons were given as opposed to the major ones reflected in the Table above. For all the nominations further analysis of Sectoral nominees revealed the following trends per category:

Nominees were concerned with the way lawyers treat and handle their clients. Many non-legal professionals/respondents nominated Judges based on their view that they do great work outside their jurisdiction like leading commissions of inquiries and stating their positions on key issues. Nominations were received from both lawyers and non lawyers.

The other analysis points to the fact that that persons from a non legal profession had different nominations (mainly Judges) compared to those inside who nominated their peers based more on how they represent clients- in view of the professional ethics rather than ‘integrity’ in real terms. It would be interesting for ACLAIM to conduct a deep analysis on why perceptions of a good icon are different yet the criteria are similar. Only few lawyers nominated a Judge compared to other professionals who without any doubt or thought nominated Judges in the first instance.

Nominations were received from membership of CSO and reporters mainly from the media fraternity. Analysis of the findings include the fact that there was a struggle in identifying icons possibly because there are few in numbers who have moved out of their way to impact and secondly because CSOs in Uganda are treated with some level of suspicion. The movement also is still in its nascent stage and with maturity stars and icons will come out. Faith Based Organizations were also surprisingly nominated in this category. And in many instances it was simpler to identify or name an organisation than a personality.

Nominations were received from membership of the above professions but it was more closed than the above categories. Contacts were mainly nominating ‘their own’ companies and peers consequently it was very difficult to get a clear cut icon. Many argued that they cannot nominate a rival company because of competition and business. Further more analysis indicates that the accountants and Auditors are generally not known, it was therefore simpler to name an organisation than a personality. Many personalities were from the public service sector that mainly deals with auditing i.e. Auditor General and other private audit firms that are hired to audit government departments.

Nominations were received from membership of the above professions but it was also very much closed like in the Accountant/Auditor categories. Contacts were mainly nominating ‘their own’ peers and it was very difficult to get a clear cut icon. Nominators felt that there is hardly a personality because of shoddy work in the engineering industry that has been evident in several construction works. Every nominee was checked in Uganda Gazette Vol. CIII No. 23 to confirm whether they are registered and therefore licensed to do work in Uganda.

Nominations were received from workers and membership of the above professions but it was like accountancy more of the Banker as an institutional nominee than the professional. Many banking professionals only identified current fellow workers or former colleagues and it was only BOU that attracted many outside their own banks and or sector. Consequently, because contacts were mainly nominating ‘their own’ banks in the end analysis, it was very difficult to get a clear cut icon. Others thought that introducing reforms like in the case of one bank that was closed though it had a big impact in banking procedural changes that were positive without veracity! ACLAIM AFRICA believes that reforms without integrity are like something taking a form without substance.

This was found to be a ‘closed’ sector and icons were confused with the Customs Department of Uganda Revenue Authority.The Judges found this category rather challenging especially because of the nature of the business. It was observed that the fact that reforms that impacted on the category were initiated by URA and other stake holders to help reduce smugging in a period of the last ten years means that it would be extremely difficult to identify icons. There is therefore a lot that needs to be done to revitalise this sector.


In the context of these nominees in each category, the Integrity Icons was someone who has gone out of his or her ordinary work or working against all odds to ensure that systems are in place to prevent abuse, mismanagement and misappropriation. Other acts would also include whistle blowing without fear of retribution. It also included the fact that someone had a good public standing and shunning the corrupt in all ways possible.

Out of Sixty six (66) respondents mainly professionals and reporters from various sectors, the following persons were nominated and evaluated as the top most nominees in this category:


Justice Egonda-Ntende took on the assignment of establishing the Commercial Court as a Division of the High Court of Uganda. He prepared and distributed a Commercial Court User’s guide that included a section on complaints about improper judicial behaviour.

He also developed a Case Management System to achieve certainty of hearing dates for the commercial Court and set up systems to ensure the following:
• Counter Pro Debtor Culture
• Counter improper use of injunctions
• Cut delay arising from incessant adjournments
• Convene the Commercial Court Users’ Committee
• Training for judges and support staff
Frederick Egonda-Ntende has significant experience in the reform of judicial systems and the computerization of case administration systems. He has moved further steps and worked beyond Ugandan Boarders and together with others set up a systematic and independent Judiciary in East Timor., where he served as a judge of the Court of Appeal. He also has extensive experience in dealing with matters of drug trafficking while working as a judge in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He is currently serving as the Chief Justice of Seychelles Supreme Court.
Justice Egonda Ntende is known for his uncompromising stand on integrity and high professional standards.


He is the Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda. He has a Bachelors in Laws degree from University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (1966-69) and a Masters in Law from Columbia University, New York, USA. (1973-1974).

He chaired two Judicial Commissions of Inquiry, the first into four failed banks in Uganda (2000); the second, into mismanagement of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (2005). On both occasions, the Judge was instrumental in unearthing blatant acts of corruption.

He is the first African to be appointed legal adviser at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at IMF headquarters, Washington DC, USA in 1974 to 1997, in charge of Latin America, African & Middle East country operations.
He also worked with African Development Bank, (ADB) Abidjan, Ivory Coast as Deputy Director of the Legal Department in 1988-1991 .

He Headed the Commercial Court of Uganda from 1999-2004 later to be appointed Principal Judge, High Court of Uganda on July 30, 2004, replacing Justice, Herbert Ntabgoba Some of his most outstanding achievements have been to establish and operationalise the commercial court which is now an example in Africa and all over the world.

His policy on zero tolerance to corruption within the judiciary has contributed to the reduction of corruption with the judicial service.


Katutsi has handled high profile cases including one of former Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister John Katuramu who is serving a death sentence in Luzira Prison for murder, the murder case against MPs Reagan Okumu and Michael Ocula who were acquitted, and the rape case against FDC president Kizza Besigye, which the judge dismissed as an amateurish concoction of a charge.
In 2009, he was appointed head of the Anti-corruption Court at the height of public and international outcry about the sky-rocketing corruption in Uganda and following demands by donors that people who had been implicated in abuse of the Global Fund money for treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB, be prosecuted. He strongly believes in the principles of justice and expeditiously handles cases.


He has served in different capacities including as a Solicitor General, Director Public Prosecution for he Kingdom of Lesotho and before his retirement he was Chairman of International Law Commission.
He is appreciated because while in Government there were many cases he handled to proper disposal and even after taking up the private firm at Kampala Associates, there has been a tremendous improvement in the way the company approaches work.
In this category out of 62 respondents mainly from the CSO professionals and reporters from various sectors, the following persons were nominated and evaluated as the top most nominees in this category. Top nominees were the following personalities:


She was nominated in the legal category and NGO sector. She was nominated for being an outstanding woman who has not wavered from the truth and standing for certain values for the common good. That she joined Civil Society and has worked a lot to promote human rights and issues concerning gender. That she is outspoken and inspires many young and old women who interact with her to challenge the abuses especially connected to corruption.
Born on August 28, 1953, Matembe is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda. While on the Pan-African Parliament she was chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline a permanent committee of the Pan-African Parliament.
In June 2006, she became a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. She has been a strong proponent for and an advocate of women’s rights in Uganda for over two decades beginning in 1989 she was a member of Uganda’s parliament. she worked in Ugandan government as minister for ethics and integrity from 1998 to 2003, after which time she became an MP with the Pan-African Parliament representing Uganda.
In 1995 she was a member of the Constituency Assembly that drafted the Ugandan Constitution. She is the former Chairperson of Action for Development, Uganda’s leading women’s advocacy organization, an organization she cofounded.
In 1990 she was Deputy General of the Pan-African Congress held in Kampala. She has been a lecturer on law and English at the Chartered Institute of Bankers also in Kampala. A lawyer by profession, Ms. Matembe is also the author of several articles and a book, Miria Matembe: Gender, Politics, and Constitution Making in Uganda, on women in politics.


Heads the National NGO Forum and that he has turned it into a vibrant and well focused Organisation. That he is transparent and allows ‘space’ for other NGOs and staff to operate. The nominees were of the view that the forum is now having more impact because of his leadership. By leading the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) successfully to demand for transparency and accountability from Government and CSOs, he has demonstrated that it is possible to act in your own house and demand others to comply.

NGO Forum is an independent and inclusive national platform for NGOs in Uganda. It primary constituency and owners are NGOs in their diversity and configurations. The National NGO Forum Platform is however open to other interest groups within a broadly defined civil society. The Uganda National NGO Forum's operational scope is at national level, with a focus on issues and processes that concern NGOs across the board. It recognizes the independent existence of national thematic NGO networks and district networks and fora as other important NGO coordinating mechanism with complementary comparative advantages.


He is current Executive Director of ACODE. In 1997, Godber joined a Nairobi-based public policy think tank- the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) as a Visiting Fellow and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Research Fellow in 1999. At ACTS, Godber directed Africa-wide policy research projects on environmental governance and conservation of natural resources. He was nominated for spearheading a research based advocacy group and being transparent.

He is a member of the Bar in Uganda and an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Makerere University where he teaches international law, environmental law and jurisprudence. Godber received his first degree in law (LLB) from Makerere University, Kampala in 1993. He attended a post-graduate Bar Course at Uganda's Law Development Centre and later joined the Faculty of Law at Makerere University where he obtained a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) in 1996.

At the beginning of 2000, Godber attended the Ford Foundation Fellowship in Environmental Politics at the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley and later returned to Uganda as Founding Executive Director of ACODE. Since then, he has served as Chair or member of prestigious national and international policy committees of governments, civil society and international organizations.

Godber has undertaken major writing and research assignments and he is co-editor with Prof. H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo of Governing the Environment: Political Change and Natural Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa (1999). In 2007, Godber joined Stanford Law School as a Fellow in the Stanford Program in International Law (SPILS) and graduated with a Juridical Science Masters Degree in April 2008. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Juridical Science Degree (JSD) at Stanford Law School.


Benson standing on the behind row
He is a man of passion and potential. In the last 10 years he has led a national struggle for good governance, human rights, corruption and deepening democracy. His contribution in the CSO sector is outstanding. He initiated a first anticorruption Regional Agency (Teso Anticorruption Coalition, TAC) that became synonymous with his struggle and a national reference for Government, Donors and CSOs.

TAC was later to become a role model from which Benson became a Consultant to roll out the establishment of more than 5 others Regional Anticorruption CSOs across the Country. He later founded an organization named Public Accountability Center Uganda in which he later made enormous contribution to good governance and democracy.

Gifted with eloquence, intelligence and courage he has risen like a morning star to a national arena presenting papers to Government, Donors, CSO fora and he has created own political space and fame.

In this category out of 55 nominations from respondents were received. These were mainly from peers as well as professionals and reporters from various sectors, the following persons were nominated and evaluated as the top most nominees in this category.


John has been very instrumental in the development of the professionalism in Uganda. In addition to his professional work, he does volunteer service work; Mr. Bikalemesa is the Managing Partner in Ernst & Young Uganda.

A respected auditor with over 20 years experience in auditing, consultancy and taxation areas. His functional expertise covers statutory and project audits, due diligence reviews, diagnostic studies with emphasis on institutional strengthening of organizations in the public and private sectors.

In addition he doubles as a business development manager, managing a diverse portfolio of important projects in East Africa, Central Africa and South Africa. John was also appointed to manage the Global Aids Fund on behalf of Government. Mr. Bikalemesa is a founding member and the Board Chairman, United Way Uganda a member of United Way International (UWI) a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen communities and improve lives around the world. By mobilizing local people and companies to give time and money, and by helping local charities become more effective, United Way organizations help create long-term solutions to local human needs .


Mr. John Muwanga is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Glamorgan (Wales, UK).

He was originally appointed the Auditor General in 2001 and was re-appointed again in July 2007. He initially worked in the private sector for eleven years where he practiced for six of those years as a Partner with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Zambia and then in Malawi.

Thereafter he worked in the public sector in Uganda since 1994 as a Consultant (Internal Audit Advisor attached to the Treasury), and also held line positions within the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as Director Accounts (Accountant General). During 2006/07 he served on a multi-donor program as the Deputy Head at the PEFA (Public Expenditure & Financial Accountability) secretariat based in Washington D.C. at the World Bank Offices. The donor partners included amongst others the World Bank, IMF and DFID.

He has served on many committees most notably on the Committee on Budget & Finance of the International Criminal Court based in the Hague (2003 to 2006) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. He is currently a member of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, which is a panel of expert who provide advisory services to the General Assembly. In addition he is currently a member of (i) the World Bank Multi Lateral Audit Advisory Committee,(ii) the ACCA (UK)Public Sector Committee and (iii) Vice Chair of the English speaking African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) .

He was nominated mainly for his work and resiliency in ensuring that his statutory obligation is met as well as carrying out special audits that have helped other institutions like Parliament to work.


He is a Partner, Mungereza & Kariisa CPAs, Audit Committee and formerly a president of ICPAU. He is professional, focused and in all his talks he has been emphasizing on re-building the integrity of this sector through emphasis on ethics and integrity.

He is a respected auditor by all other sectors and standards with over 30 years of experience in auditing, and accountancy areas. He has audited various public and private firms and his expertise covers statutory and project audits, due diligence reviews, diagnostic studies with emphasis on system strengthening of organizations in the public and private sectors. He is admired by many having served and lived a life beyond reproach.

He is a celebrated accoutant with alt of experience. He was appointed to act as Deputy Governor between September 2002 and November 2004 and again May 2006. He is a graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi of 1973. And he is a qualified and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK (ACCA) since April 1982.

As an accountant he worked with the then East African Community from April 1973 to 1977 as well as an Accountant a Kenyan Government as an Accountant from 1978-981. He joined BOU as Deputy Chief Accountant in November 1981 and had a stint in other different departments, rising through the ranks to Executive Director Finance in 1992.

On profesionalism he became a President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda from 2001 to 2004. he has been Council member of the Institute from 1994 through that for a he has ben an asset in promoting ethics and integrity.


In this category out of 39 nominations from respondents were received. These were mainly from peers as well as professionals and reporters from various sectors, the following persons were nominated and evaluated as the top most nominees in this category.


Engineer Dr. Francis Baziraake is a consultant and a renowned engineer. He is currently the Chairman of Uganda Road Fund and he has been steadfast in seeking for quality work through professionalism and transparency. He was nominated by fellow engineers who stated that he is a man of integrity and he follows his word and that at every opportunity he appeals for professionalism.

That he tried to initiate activities against collapsing buildings and has pronounced himself on the need to apply standards while constructing. He has also come out strongly to seek for only professionals to be employed in the private sector so that there is at least a control in terms of quality. He has various publications on his name on the subject of structural engineering.

He is a graduate of Civil engineering. He has a Masters in construction. He is currently at Makerere University. And he is a man known for pursuing professional and quality work and his integrity is unquestionable having mentored many young professionals into the Engineering industry in Uganda.

The nominators stated that he is an unsung hero who has encouraged hound engineers to stand and be counted. He has been a great encouragement to the engineering industry and upholds its core value of quality work for development.


He is a graduate of Civil engineering working currently as the Assistant Commissioner of Construction in the Ministry of Education since April 2005. That since his recruitment, the department has stabilized and there are fewer complaints on school buildings collapsing. He served in Makerere’s estates department for about ten years and during his time there was quality work and good procurement processes.
He sees the biggest challenge in the construction sector as having been with some contractors and suppliers who compromise on the quality of work in order to maximize their profit margins. That while some consultants are paid to hire a particular number of supervisors for projects some instead hires fewer people to supervise them. So his department in the Ministry has tried to intensify supervision and capacity to plug the loopholes. Those who don’t measure up to the tasks are dealt with according to the contract agreements. There has been an increased number of consultants and contractors that are giving satisfactory work.

In his period because of need for new structures due to expanded intake, the Government of Uganda has borrowed US$150 million from the World Bank, of which $92 million will be used to increase access to lower secondary school education. This was to cover the period 2009 to 2011.
There is also another program with the African Development Bank which involves rehabilitating 42 traditional schools and turning them into centers of excellence.
The Government has also taken on the rehabilitation of schools like Makobore High School, Nyakasura School and Sir Samuel Baker etc. he is in the process of ensuring that maintenance policies are developed and implemented.

He has also spearheaded the development of Quality Assurance Procedures that are helping to ensure Value for Money (VFM). Originally, for example, contractors would either knowingly or out of negligence mix one bag of cement with four wheel barrows of sand, instead of mixing one bag of cement with four equivalent bags of sand. He now emphasizes the use of batch boxes in preparation of mixes for mortar and concrete. Building materials like timber, sand, bricks and many others are being tested.


He was born 29th May 1952, holds a PhD (Southampton, UK), an M.Sc.E (New
Brunswick, Canada), and a B.Sc. (Engineering) 1st Class Hons (Makerere University, Uganda). He is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK, and Chartered Engineer; a Fellow, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (which he served as President); and a Registered Engineer (Uganda). He has key competence in ICT policy and regulation reinforced by continental level and international experience in policy analysis and formulation, capacity building, and research in the same sector. He practices at the local, regional and international level as a thinker, advocate and consultant in ICT for development.

He is currently a Member of the Board and Ag CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking in Africa; a member of the Board of TENET, the research and education network of South Africa; a member of the Advisory Panel to the Research and Education Networking Unit of the Association of African Universities; and a member of theBoard of the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation.

He worked for Makerere University from 1975 – 2007, with the key distinction of being the founding Director, Directorate for ICT Support, Makerere University (2001 – 2007). As Director DICTS, he spearheaded institutional ICT policy and master plan formulation, funding mobilisation, and implementation. Nationally, he is a member of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board, served two terms as a Commissioner (also a founding commissioner) of the Uganda Communications Commission (1998 – 2005), and one term as a founding member of the Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority (2002 – 2005). At the continental level, he has been the first Director of the NetTel@Africa capacity building network (ICT policy and regulation), and is a member of the Research ICT Africa! team. He was a Component Lead for the Capacity Building component of the DFID/Sida funded CATIA initiative.

In Rotary, he has served as a District Governor for Rotary District 9200 (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania), District Treasurer, and District Trainer. He has carried out volunteer assignment for the The Rotary Foundation in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and India. He is currently a member of the Humanitarian Grants Cadre of Technical Advisors, and alsoa Technical Coordinator for Education and Literacy. Key voluntary community assignments: Chair, Uganda Society for Disabled Children (2005 –2008); Chair, Diocesan Board of Education, Busoga Diocese; Chair, Board of Governors, Busoga College Mwiri; Chair, Namasagali University Council; Member and Chair of the Appointments Board of the Busitema University Council .

For being focused and revolution in the ICT Sector in Uganda.

In this category out of 48 nominations from respondents were received. These were mainly from peers as well as professionals and reporters from various sectors, the following persons were nominated and evaluated as the top most nominees in this category.


This is a special nominee recognised posthumously because of what he did while he was in the Sector. Kikonyogo was named Governor Bank of Uganda on 11 May 1990. He has been a member of staff of the Bank of Uganda from 1967 to 1980 during which period he also served as Deputy Governor (1975- February 1979) and Governor from February to April 1979 .

He left the Bank in May 1980 and during this time he served as Governor of the Bank of Botswana for 5 years and then worked as Director of Finance in Spear Motors in Uganda. Prior to this appointment as Governor in 1990 he was the Managing Director of Nile Bank Limited, Uganda.

He was instrumental in macro economic stability and a key member in the pioneer Board Member of Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and exceptionally instrumental in negotiating and harnessing Central Bank support for CMA. With his strong intervention, CMA was able to secure annual funding from the Bank of Uganda to supplement its vote from the Treasury. His support did not only translate into financial assistance, but on several occasions also comprised logistical support such as office space and seconded staff .

He is known for standing up for values and his integrity was unquestionable.


He holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university. His Master of Arts (MA) degree and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, both in Economics, were obtained from the University of Manchester n the United Kingdom.

From 1988 until 1994, Dr. Kasekende worked as a part-time lecturer at Makerere University. He joined the Bank of Uganda in 1986 and served in various capacities including: Director of Research, Executive Director of Research and Policy, Deputy Governor.

Between 2002 and 2004, Kasekende was seconded to the World Bank by the Uganda government to serve as the Executive Director to the World Bank, representing twenty-two {22) African countries, including Uganda, on the bank’s executive board.

From May 2006 to 2009, he served at the offices of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in Tunis, Tunisia, as AfDB's Chief Economist. During his tenure, he is credited for playing a leading role in the AfDB’s efforts to help African economies withstand the impact of the global economic crisis. In January 2010, Dr. Kasekende was re-appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda, to serve for the next five (5) years.


He is a business executive, banker and entrepreneur. He was born in 1961 and is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Social Security Fund (Uganda), a semi-autonomous retirement pension organisation for non-government employees in Uganda. He is also listed as one of the wealthiest individuals in Uganda.

He has held various positions over the years; the majority of them in Uganda's banking sector. Byarugaba started as a banking officer, at Standard Chartered Bank (Uganda) (Stanchart), in 1983. By 1992, he had risen to Executive Director for Finance at Stanchart. In 1994, he was transferred to Standard Chartered Bank's International Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, as the Regional Manager for Finance, responsible for Africa.

He returned to Uganda in 1997. He joined Nile Bank Limited, a private retail bank, established in 1988. Nile Bank was registered in Uganda, with shareholders from Uganda, Israel, and South Africa. Richard Byarugaba became Managing Director of Nile Bank in 2003. In 2007, Barclays, the British financial conglomerate, bought 100% shareholding in Nile Bank Limited for US$27 million. The new owners merged Nile Bank with their existing banking interests in the country to form the existing Barclays Bank (Uganda). Byarugaba moved to Baclays Bank (Uganda), as the Chief Operating Officer.

In 2008, when Global Trust Bank was established, the new owners appointed Richard Byarugaba as Managing Director of the newly created bank. He held that position until 2010 when he left to take up appointment as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Social Security Fund (Uganda).


Juma Kisaame completed his schooling at Makerere University from where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (upper second) degree in 1988, he furthered his studies with an Advanced Management Program INSEAD in 2001 and has attended several leasing courses by Sudhir Amebal and Euro Money from 1998 - 2006

His career commenced as a Trainee Accountant at the Uganda Development Bank and later promoted to Senior Accountant. He joined dfcu in 1992 as Head Finance and held several positions such as; Manager Finance and Administration – Non Performing Assets Recovery Trust; Commercial Manager – Leasing; General Manger – Mortgages; Executive Director in April 2004. In July 2004, Juma joined Eurafrican Bank - Tanzania as Managing Director. An Institution he successfully turned round from loss making into a sustainable profit making position and is now currently focusing on enhancing Risk Management and Compliance, as well as preparing for implementation of Basel II by 2009.

In 2002, he founded the Uganda Leasing Association and held position of Executive Secretary until 2004. During his tenure, he pioneered the publication of Lease Link and Afrolease News journals which are at the forefront of advocating for leasing development in Uganda and Africa at large. Juma is the current President of the African Leasing Association .

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