The outgoing rector of the Islamic University in Uganda- IUIU Dr
Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo has tasked his successor to keep the values of the
Kaweesa who was last year appointed Assistant Secretary-General of the
Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in Charge of Economic affairs. He will be
replaced by Professor Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda. His appointment to the OIC ended
his 33-year journey of Islamic University in Uganda.
Speaking during a farewell party on Friday to Kawesa said that he will continue
offering support to the university. He, however, urged the new management to
focus on solving the problems of the community.
He said that since IUIU was established as a community-based
institution to transform people's lives. He added that the University should
continue focusing on instilling discipline in its students.
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Professor Gyagenda pledged to IUIU to better heights through being a team
player, transparency and accountability and that he will give priority to the
students who are the University’s key stakeholders, the academic and support
He said that he is taking on the mantle of rectorship at such a difficult
time of the covid19 pandemic but thanked his predecessor for his hard work and
took hard decisions to preserve and grow the University.
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The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje who was
represented by Sheik Ahamada Wandega the Eastern Region Kadhi extended his
appreciation to Ssengendo for serving the university selflessly.
He also applauded him for the expansion of the University and supporting the
training of Muslims in the region.
Ssengendo was one of the first eight pioneer staff who was sourced
from Makerere University to start the Islamic University in Uganda in 1988.
At the inception of the University, Dr Ssengendo served
as University Secretary up to 2001.
He was transferred to the IUIU Kampala Campus as Director from
2001 to 2003.
In February 2003 to January 2004, he became the Vice-Rector
Academic Affairs before he was appointed the Rector of the University in 2004,
a position he held until 28th-November 2020 when he was appointed to
Assistant Secretary-General at OIC.
Before joining the Islamic University in Uganda, Dr Sengendo taught at
Makerere University in the Department of Botany. He then went for his
Masters and PhD at the University of Kansas, USA.
During his reign as the Rector, Dr Ssengendo is remembered for improving the staff remuneration amidst continuous reduction of foreign