Sources at the department indicate that over 200 vacancies have not been filled over the past years.
Makerere University estates department
Staff shortage has hit Makerere University Estates and Works Department.
Sources at the department indicate that over 200 vacancies have not been filled
over the past years.
The estates, which is charged with critical properties of the University that
include buildings, land, and vehicles has almost been rendered dysfunctional
with the existing staff unable to execute.
This has partly been the reason for the poor management and numerous land
grabs, a source who preferred anonymity disclosed to URN.
The hardest hit is the transport unit charged with handling the
university fleet, where there is currently no logistics and transport officer
to manage the institution’s 600 vehicles.
The unit is responsible for performing four basic roles; maintenance and upkeep
of the entire University infrastructure, execution of minor civil, electrical
and mechanical engineering works, supervision of capital projects, and custody
of the University property.
A technical report by a University Council’s Estates and Works Committee
released by Eng. Dr Stephen Kagoda, the former Ministry of Internal Affairs’
Permanent Secretary and a member of the Makerere governing Council indicates
that the staffing levels were inadequate to meet the demands at hand and the
instruction from Council.
URN has also established that the governing Council at Makerere had instructed
the Estates and Works Directorate to undertake all maintenance works
A report by Eng. Christina Kakeeto, the Estates and Works Director which is yet
to be discussed indicates that the unit currently had 64 staff as of November
2019. Of these, 13 are scheduled to retire in the next two years while 44 staff
have retired from the unit in the last five years.
Eng. Kakeeto has requested an immediate intervention of the university council
and government to at least recruit 39 staff.
She says in a report that the unit has in addition to several other challenges
experienced inadequate staffing levels, especially at supervisory levels.
“Many have died, retired or been re-allocated to other units. The unit lacks
key personnel already provided for in the current staff structure. ...without
adequate manpower in place, the turn around on infrastructure maintenance
cannot be achieved even if a sufficient budget was available,” says Eng.
Kakeeto in her report to Council.
The staff establishment at Makerere University’s Estates and Works department
is 275 staff in number. But currently, only 64 staff positions are filled out
of which five staff are scheduled to retire in five months’ time.
The unit has submitted to council a list of immediate staff needs, a total of
39. They include a two managers, an architect, a position that has been vacant
for years which the university says is critical in project management, a two
land surveyors to manage the institution’s huge land management portfolio.
Also required are four civil engineers, two environmental officers since the
two administrators that used to manage the function are retired from university
service, an electric engineer, mechanical engineer, quantity surveyor, three
transport officers, senior vehicle mechanics, house overseers and a
The unit has also requested for 18 electrical, plumbing and furniture
technicians to replace several who retired. Also vacant are positions for
drivers, drain cleaners for the sanitary drainage network, plumbing foreman.
“If the staff requested are provided, the staff establishment structure will be
filled with 95 active personnel who will ably fulfil the current needs for the
on-going and planned projects as well as maintaining the Adhoc maintenance,”
Eng. Kakeeto says.
Kagoda-led estates committee discloses that the current staff structure at the
institution’s Estates and Works Department is obsolete and out of line with the
current work demands.
He cites that the unit also lacks the necessary basic tools to operate like
vehicles and motorcycles, survey equipment, workers specialized tools,
computers among others.
“It was agreed that the staffing structure of the Estates & Works
Directorate be revised to match the work outputs expected. The requested key
staff be recruited as soon as possible to enable the department to meet current
demands,” reads in part, committee resolutions.