The Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda on 27th October 2015, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion complex in honour of the Governor of Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile at Makerere University Private Sector Forum grounds. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda represented the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile also unveiled the artistic impression for the Mutebile Centre of Excellence at the same grounds. The Centre of Excellence, estimated at USD 20 million is a tribute to Prof. Mutebile’s commitment to national and international development. The Mutebile Centre of Excellence for Private Sector Development will be a hub of information, research, innovation and knowledge transfer. To be developed with the aim of promoting projects meant to enhance community development and job creation, the centre will also house Prof. Mutebile’s biography including profiles and documentaries of his life achievements as well as his writings and publication among others.
The distinguished Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile Chair in Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance will be hosted by Makerere University School of Economics under the College of Business and Management Science (COBAMS). The Chair estimated at USD 5 million will be occupied by a distinguished Professor with a task of building Programmes and mobilising resources to sustain and uphold it. According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, the first Chair holder will be identified and accredited by Professor Tumusiime Mutebile.
The Vice Chancellor described the Mutebile Chair and Centre of Excellence at Makerere University as a golden opportunity for the institution to associate with a person of broadly valued expertise and rich ideas in monetary Policy reforms, banking and finance. He added that Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s rich Knowledge shall widely be shared in academia to create a positive impact on socio-economic transformation of Uganda.
“His knowledge and expertise can be harnessed to further inform policy formulation not only in Uganda but the region at large, as we strive to increase socio-economic development towards attaining the national Vision 2040. Makerere University therefore takes the pride in celebrating Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s prominence and reputation at both the national and international levels,” he said.
In his speech read by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, applauded Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile as a brave man who embodies the true spirit of Nationalism with a rich history of providing exceptional service and being true to his word. He commended Makerere University for immortalizing Professor Mutebile through the Endowed Chair and Centre of Excellence.
“This is a landmark occasion as we count down to the centenary celebrations of Makerere University in 2022. For it is Makerere University that has produced many pan-Africanist Presidents and Prime Ministers in addition to Professor Tumusiime-Mutebile. I am proud of the breakthroughs the University has made in Science and Technology and I encourage you to stay on course to advance your vision in illuminating Makerere University’s capabilities on the global scene,” he said.
“I also commend all the development partners who have invested in the development of the education at Makerere University since its inception. Makerere has seen a series of developments, innovations andreforms. I salute the partnerships that have been very vital in building capacity,” he added.
As part of the day’s proceedings, the Ag. Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Dr. Eria Hisali read the Citation of Excellence detailing Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile’s academic excellence at all levels, illustrious career as well as his tremendous contribution to national development.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Okello Ogwang highlighted Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile academic and life achievements in the Oratory of Excellence. “In spite of his heavy commitments in the fiscal industry, Prof. Tumusiime-Mutebile has demonstrated his love for promoting education by participating in actual teaching and supporting various educational institutions within and outside Uganda,” Dr. Okello Ogwang remarked. He also applauded Prof. Tumusiime Mutebile for winning numerous honours, awards and tributes both locally and internationally.