Ngugi wa Thiong’o set for lecture at Kisii University – Kisii County News

Ngugi wa Thiong’o set for lecture at Kisii University

source: http://www.hivisasa.com/kisii/education/76163

The announcement that renowned scholar Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o plans to visit Kisii University on August 31 has been received with excitement by students and staff from the institution.

On Tuesday, deputy vice chancellor Prof Maurice Amutabi revealed that the US-based novelist will be giving a lecture at the legendary Dr Sagini Hall on the last day of this month on matters diplomacy and good governance.

Students, led by chairman Rodgers Nyanumba, hailed the renowned author for sparing his busy schedule to address them as the means of motivating the learners.

“We are very happy that he (Ngugi) will be coming to our institution,” student leader Nyanumba said.

“The journey was long overdue and we are very motivated with the topic he will be covering. African nations are struggling with their leadership and as young leaders we should get advice from such academicians.”

The student family further expressed their concern about the alleged rampant tribalism in the institutions of higher learning and urged the conveners of the public lecture to include the vice so that it could be discussed by Prof Thiong’o.

“Ngugi has mingled with people from all walks of life and we think he is in a position to address tribalism in our institutions. We recently saw the University of Eldoret closed because of the same,” Nyanumba added.

Amutabi hailed the University of California at Irvine  professor ahead of his planned historic visit that will be the first of its kind outside Nairobi.

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UGANDA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY MBALE CAMPUS 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, September 1-3, 2015

UGANDA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY MBALE CAMPUS 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM
PRE CONFERENCE DAY Tuesday, September 1st 2015
• Arrival and Registration
• Familiarization and visit to Conference venue
• Checking into hotel rooms
• Distribution of name tags and conference material
• Welcoming Guests on Campus
• Meeting with Session chairs
• Corrections on the Programme
• Make any announcements and changes
• PowerPoint presentations given to ICT staff for presentation

Keynote Speaker
Prof. Maurice Amutabi, PhD DVC Academic Affairs, Kisii University, Kenya
Prof. Mary Sonko Nabachwa, PhD Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Uganda Christian University
Rev. Dr. Stephen Mungoma, PhD Director, Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus

DAY 1 Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
8:00am – 10:30am: Conference Opening and Keynote address
MC: Everline Aketch
Time Activity
8:00am- 8:30am Registration
8:30am-8:40am Opening Prayer: Bishop Gidudu Patrick
8:40am – 8:50an Anthems
8:50am – 9:05am Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Uganda Christian University Management by Director UCU Mbale Campus and Chair, Conference Organizing Committee: Rev. Dr. Stephen Mungoma, PhD
9:05am – 9:20am Remarks by Mr. Bernard Mujjasi
9:20am – 9:25am Opening Speech: Bishop Abura Joseph, Chairman Local Advisory Committee, UCU Mbale Campus
9:25am- 9:40am Opening Remarks: Vice Chancellor Uganda Christian University Rev. Dr. John Senyonyi, PhD
9:40am – 9:45am Entertainment
9:45am- 10:25am Keynote Address: Prof. Maurice Amutabi, PhD DVC Academic Affairs, Kisii University, Kenya
10:25 – 10:30am Vote of thanks: College Secretary, Uganda Christian University, Mrs. Annet Magolo
10:30- 11: 00am Group Photo/Health Break

Parallel Sessions
Panel Session A: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Panel A1: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Erisa Kigenyi
1. Watuwa Anthony Khaukha and Watsemwa Teddy (Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus) Institutional factors affecting the performance of district service commissions in Uganda, A case study of Mbale District.
2. Watsemwa Teddy, Watuwa Anthony Khaukha and Wanambwa Ben ( Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Effects of single parenthood on child development in Mbale District, A case study of Bungokho-Mutoto sub-county.
3. Annet Magolo ( Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Analyze the effectiveness of the staff performance appraisal system on employee performance in Mbale district local government
4. Aketch A Everline, Socrates Nambiro and Rose Badaza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Capacity development programs and employee performance. “A case study of Bugiri Local Government”.

Panel A2: Education and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 2
Chair: Dr. Hannah Gidudu
1. Gimuguni John and Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effects of increased enrolment of students on the quality of education at Makerere University
2. George Malinga (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Quality assurance of instruction using student’s evaluation of courses and teaching (SECAT) – A UCU Mbale case study.
3. Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus) Factors that influencing the quality of education in higher institutions of learning in greater Mbale region.
4. Odongo Michael (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Household bleach; An alternative to conventional drawing materials in Uganda’s art institutions

Panel A3: Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 3
Chair: Phennihas Kuka
1. Matanda Fred (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Compliance with the PPDA act in selected public institutions in Mbale District.
2. Masuba Martin (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) and Ajambo Catherine (Post Bank) The impact of loan recovery on profitability of SACCOs. A case study of Sironko Town Council
3. Stephen Egwayu and Sam Okware Emokol (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Financial budgets and sustanable growth in uganda: A case of Mbale District local government
4. Arnold Leonard Katongole (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Different types of loans accessed by small scale enterprises (SSES) in Mbale town

Panel A4: Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 4
Chair: Dr. Rose Badaza
1. Rose Badaza- Nakileza, (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting escape height of four Acacia species
2. By Saminu Falalu, (Islamic University in Uganda) Treatment of textile waste effluents using Moringa oleifera Lam.
3. Ichodu Lucian (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Urban/indoor air pollution and control, Uganda
4. Nafuye Ivan (Uganda Christian University) Local area network in rural urban areas: benefits and challenges
Panel A5:Christianity, Ethics & Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 5
Chair: Rev Rugyendo Medard
1. Rev. David Chesakit (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting integrity of nurses (health professionals) in Kapchorwa hospital
2. Joseph Odongo, Eric Mwima, John Odutu, Jacqueline Opio and Rev. Omoding- Simon (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)
3. Nyiro Sarah (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting retention of nurses at Africa inland church (AIC) Kijabe hospital, Kenya.
4. Nathan Muwereza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) PERMEATING CORRUPTION: An Ethical Behavioral Conflict and a Cognitive Dissonance for Development workers
Panel A6 Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 6
Chair: Everline Aketch
1. Joseph Odongo, Paul Okiring, Odeke Micheal, Odutu John and Eric Mwima (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Accountability for development in service delivery: A case study Teso region.
2. Dr. Tom Nsubuga (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Internal controls and profitability of floriculture industry: A case of selected flower companies in Wakiso District Uganda
3. Ariokot Florence (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The role of internal controls in financial performance
4. Abbey Kalenzi (Busoga University) Procurement performance: A challenge and solution to profitability

Lunch: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Parallel Sessions B 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Panel B1: Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Everline Aketch
1. Wasike Sam Mankind(Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The role of internal audit in risk management in institutions/ organizations in Uganda
2. Steven Gidudu and Sam Okware Emokol (Uganda Christian University, Mbale campus) Revenue collection for sustainability and development in Uganda: A case of Mbale municipality
3. Chemtai Lucy (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Effect of internal control on profitability of hotels: A case study of Mbale Resorts and Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale.
4. Kuka Phennihas (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Customer care and sales performance in commercial institutions. Case study of Mbale municipality

Panel B2:Education and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 2
Chair: Jesca Kusuro
1. Khakale George, Hannah Lunyolo Chelangat Taifa, Nabende Wamakote Danny (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) An assessment of early child hood pedagogy on the communicative skills of infants in Manafwa district
2. Rose Badaza – Nakileza, (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)Nantale Nasabu (Luuka Disstrict Local Government)and EWK Ndiwalana (Busoga University) The effects of socio-cultural factors on the girl-child academic performance in primary schools: A case study of Bulongo sub county in Luuka District
3. Rose Badaza Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) and Musa Birungi (Luuka District) The effects of school facilities on learners’ academic preformance in Bukoma subcounty in Luuka district
4. Nabende Wamakote Danny (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) An analysis of the effects of employee-management relations on employee performance in Mbale Municipal Council Local Government

Panel B 3:Christianity, Ethics & Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 3
Chair: Lillian Gimuguni
1. Welishe Simon (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)UNDERSTANDING TITHING AMONG CHRISTIANS A perspective from an urban setting
2. Joseph Odongo, Eric Mwima, John Odutu , Jacqueline Opio and Rev. Omoding- Simon (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The role of african regional and sub- regional organizations in peacekeeping initiatives.
3. Jesca Alwenyi and Rose Badaza (Uganda Christian University) Effects of psychological factors on behaviour of children between five and twelve years in Mbale Child Development Centre
4. Obaji Agbiji (University of South Africa, Pretoria, obajiagbiji@gmail.com) Religious leadership and the challenge of sustainable transformational development in post-colonial Africa

Panel B4 Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 4
Chair: Dr. Tom Nsubuga
1. Ram Miti Kiyingi and Baremiwe Mary Bekoreire (Uganda Christian University) Community participation and performance of government development programmes: Case study of NAADS
2. Jackson Wandeka (Uganda Christian University) Factors hindering re- establishment of coperative societies in Eastern Uganda: Case study of Bududa, Sironko and Manafwa Districts.
3. Asae Leah and Gidudu Hannah Lunyolo, (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) An investigation on causes of poor performance in english language in primary leaving examinations in Mbale municipality
4. Nambale Moses Geoffery, Kyatuha Ovia Mwisaka and Kigenyi Erisa Mazaki (Uganda Christian University) Perceptions on examination policy and malpractice management in Universities in Uganda

Panel B5: Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 5
Chair: Dr. Mirumbe
1. Edmond Were and Jeanne Mogusu (Kiisi University) IUU fishing and the challenge on human security around Lake Victoria
2. Dr. Linnet Hamasi, (Kisii University) Women’s knowledge system and food security in northern Kenya: Processes and strategies for sustainable development
3. Mwesigwa Linatte Grace (Kyambogo University) Factors affecting implementation of exclusive breastfeeding among working women in Mbale municipality
4. Kuka Phennihas (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Technological innovation in Uganda’s food processing industry. An emprical investigation of drivers and barriers in Kampala
Panel B6: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 6
Chair: Ovia Mwisaka
1. Asaasira peninah (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Access to education and socio – economic development in Namatala Ward Industrial Division, Mbale Municipality
2. Mary Baremirwe Bekoreire, Machyo Jane and Mulyanyuma Aaron Ayeta (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Needs assessment and effectiveness of training programmes in local governments: Case study of Eastern Uganda.
3. Aaron Mulyanyuma Ayeta and Rose Badaza Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors influencing effective interpretation of election information provided by electoral commission in Bugisu sub-region in Uganda.
4. Chelimo Judith and Bekoreire (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)
Land ownership systems and women’s participation in food security in Kapchorwa District

Health Break: 3:30pm – 3:45pm
Panel Session C 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Panel C1: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Dr. Tom Nsubuga
1. Dr. Tom Nsubuga (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Corporate Governance and financial performance of selected commercial banks in Uganda: A comparative study.
2. Masuba Martin (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Internal AUDIT and financial performance in educational institutions Case study: Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus
3. Machyo Jane (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The challenges facing the pension reforms in the private sector in Uganda.
4. Chemtai Lucy (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Challenges of internal control in hotel industry : A case study of Mbale hotels
Panel C2: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 2
Chair: Ovia Mwisaka
1. Manake Diana, Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni and Rose Badaza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effects of gender roles on women participation in leadership in Buyobo sub-county in Sironko District
2. Sandra Starcy Amollo and Julius Gizamba (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Participation and sustainability of development projects
3. Timothy Akampurira, Alice Mbabazi and Peter Nareeba (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The contribution of compassion international in addressing the risk factors children referred to compassion assisted projects in Kabale Municipality.
4. Masuba Martin and Ajambo Catherine (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The role of Bungokho Rural Development Centre (BRDC), in the economic empowerment of women, in Bungokho sub-county

Panel C3: Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 3
Chair: Dr. Linnet Hamasi
1. Rose Badaza-Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus), Jeremy Midgley(University of Cape Town), Patrick Mucunguzi, Joseph Obua (Makerere University) Germination responses of four acacia species in Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda
2. Linnet Hamasi, PhD (Nairobi Campus, Kisii University) Women, Resource Management and Sustainable Development in Kenya: Special Reference to Pastoralist Communities
3. Nafuye Ivan (Uganda Christian University) Impact of social networking applications specifically Face book, whatsApp on employee’s performance at Uganda Christian University
4. Rose Badaza- Nakileza and Annet Magolo (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Culture and solid waste management in Mbale district

Panel C4: Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 4
Chair: Everline Aketch
1. Everline Anyango Aketch (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Internal control system and organization performance in Busoga University
2. Omache O Henry and Mafabi Julius (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Barriers to sustainable procurement in private Universities in Uganda Case study: Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus
3. Dr. Tom Nsubuga (Uganda Christian University Kampala Campus) Borrower behaviour, relationship lending and credit repayment performance in Centenary Rural Development Bank
4. Olemu Charles(Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effect of financial management on service delivery in local governments of Uganda: The case of Tororo District Local Government

Panel C5: Education and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 5
Chair: Dr. Hannah Gidudu
1. Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)
Class size and the quality of teaching in higher institutions of learning in Mbale municipality.
2. Gimuguni John, Rose Badaza- Nakileza and Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Effects of school inspection on education service delivery in private primary schools in Bulambuli, Manafa and Soronko districts
3. Walisha Fredah (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Investigation into sexuality education of children with disabilities: Case study orignal Mbale district.
4. Nambale Moses Geoffery, Kyatuha Ovia Mwisaka and Kigenyi Erisa Mazaki (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) perceptions on examination policy and malpractice management in universities in Uganda

Panel C6: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 6
Chair: Mary Wasike
1. Aaron Mulyanyuma Ayeta (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The role of voter education in effective electoral process in Eastern Uganda.
2. Mulyanyuma Aaron Ayeta(Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting political development in rural areas in Eastern Uganda
3. Nandudu Winfred, Mrs. Lillian Gimuguni, (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Dr Joseph Nsenga (Mbale Hospital) The “MISSED OPPORTUNITIES” in addressing the adolescents sexual reproductive health needs and rights.
4. Baremirwe Mary Bekoreire (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Community groups and access to social protection for informal workers in Uganda.

DAY 2 Wednesday 3rd September 2015
Plenary Session 8:00am-9:00am
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Mary Sonko Nabachwa and Rev. Dr. Stephen Mungoma, PhD

Panel Session D
9:00am– 10:30am
Panel D1:Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Annet Magolo
1. Shehu Abubakar (Uganda Christian University) Factors affecting socio-economic development in Uganda: A case study of Mbale municipality
2. Aaron Mulyanyuma Ayeta and Rose Badaza Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The influence of ethnic diversity on political development in Uganda
3. Kyatuha Ovia Mwisaka, Nambale Moses Geoffrey and Erisa Kigenyi Mazaki (Uganda Christian University) Local governance and service delivery in Bugisu sub-region in Uganda
4. Jackson Wandeka (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Socio – economic effects of HIV/AIDs among the youth in Wanale Division Mbale District

Panel D2: Education and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 2
Chair: Erisa Kigenyi
1. Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus)
Factors affecting the growth of Universities in rural and urban areas in Uganda
2. Rose Badaza Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Were Isaiah and EWK Ndiwalana. The effects of the quality of teachers on the academic performance of primary seven pupils “A case study of Bugiri Town Council”
3. George Malinga, Education department, (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Educating the University graduate for employment in the ICT revolution
4. Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The factors that influence the sizes of catchment areas of secondary schools in Uganda; A case for Kampala District.

Panel D 3: Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 5
Chair: Dr. Rose Badaza
1. Kuka Phennihas (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The impact of information technology in finance audit. Case study of Sironko district
2. Okoth Thomas (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Impact of enterprise systems on organizational resilience
3. Mercy Nafuna and Rose Badaza- Nakileza (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting household participation in domestic sold waste management
Panel D 4: Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 7
Chair: Phennihas Kuka
1. Arnold Leonard Katongole (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Challenges faced by small scale enterprises (SSES) in accessing loans in Mbale Town
2. Masuba Martin (Uganda Christian University- Mbale Campus) The effect of risk management and organizational performance in private secondary schools in Eastern Uganda; Case study of Mbale municipality
3. Wanambwa Benard, Mafuko David, Nagudi Annet and Watsemwa Teddy (Uganda Christian University). The challenges the rural poor face in accessing and utilizing the services offered microfinance institutions. A case of Pride micro-finance
4. MAFUKO DAVID and WANAMBWA BENARD (Uganda Christian University) The impact of pride micro-finance institution on the Rural Household income in Mbale District Bungokho Sub-county.

Panel D5: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Mary Wasike
1. Machyo Jane (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Oorganizational culture and research productivity in private Universities in Uganda
2. Ichodu Lucian (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Effects of HIV/AIDs counseling & testing among women on the economic development of Busia municipal council
3. Aaron Mulyanyuma Ayeta (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effectiveness of civic education on political development in decentralized districts in Eastern Uganda.
4. Mary Bekoreire Baremirwe (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Communication and management of cultural diversity in organizations.

Panel D6: Education and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 6
Chair: Jesca Kusuro
1. Jesca kusuro Mary Nabaasa Lillian Gimuguni and Martha C Cheptoyek (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Imprompt transfer of teachers and primary leaving examinations performance in Kapchorwa district
2. Beatrice Kemunto Obwoge and Lynnet B.Ayako Namai Syntactical errors in compositions written by standard seven and eight pupils in Kakamega municipality – Kenya
3. Nabende Wamakote Danny (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Total quality education and academic performance
4. Gidudu Hannah Lunyolo (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Women’s perception on minimal occupation of management positions in government aided secondary schools in Eastern Uganda
Health Break: 11:00am – 11:15am
Panel Session E 11:15am-12:45pm

Panel E1:Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 1
Chair: Ovia Mwisaka
1. Mulyanyuma Aaron Ayeta, Mary Baremirwe Bekoreire and Machyo Jane (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus). Urban planning and urban development in Uganda: A case study of Mbale municipal council
2. David Owino (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effects of polygamy on child up bringing in Merikit sub county Tororo district
3. Kigenyi Erisa Mazaki, Nambale Moses Geoffrey and Kyatuha Ovia Mwisaka (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Human resources development and service delivery in local governments: The case of Nakaloke Town Council in Mbale District

Panel E2: Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 2
Chair: Dr. Linnet Hamasi
1. John Faith Magolo (Mbarara University of Science and Technology) The role of Risk Knowledge in the management of Climate Change impacts in Mt. Elgon region, Eastern Uganda
2. Rose Badaza- Nakileza and Annet Magolo (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Culture and solid waste management in mbale district
3. Mwesigwa Linatte Grace and Kalumira Francis (Kyambogo University) Exclusive breastfeeding knowledge and practices among working mothers in Mbale district aged 20-40 years

Panel E3: Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 3
Chair: Dr. Hannah Gidudu
1. Wanambwa Benard, Mafuko David, Nagudi Annet and Watsemwa Teddy (Uganda Christian University). The challenges the rural poor face in accessing and utilizing the services offered microfinance institutions. A case of pride micro-finance
2. Chelangat Moses Taifa, Gidudu Hannah Lunyolo and Khakale George (Uganda Christian University) Effects of late coming on the academic performance in lower primary school
3. Nareeba Peter and Kwarija Annet (Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus) Ccontribution of non govervenmental organizations (NGOs) on poverty reduction: A Case study of World Vision- Muhanga Town Council, Kabale district
4. Fred Machika (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Factors affecting sustainable livelihood among the youth in Lukhonje sub county, Mbale District.

Panel E4: Business and Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 4
Chair: Dr. Tom Nsubuga
1. Omutia David (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) Budgeting and budgetary controls in Soroti District Local Government
2. Woniala James: Uganda Christian University- Mbale Impact of Budgeting on Service delivery in Bulambuli District Local Government.
3. Tom Nsubuga (Uganda Christian University, Kanpala Campus) MOBI- Banking and financial performance of commercial banks in uganda: A case study of Kenya Commercial Bank, Uganda Limited
4. Felix Awogbemi- (Islamic University in Uganda) Records management and the procurement of medical supplies at Mbale regional referral hospital

Panel E5: Christianity, Ethics & Development in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 5
Chair: Dr. Lillian Gimuguni
1. Handson Bandari Ogechi, (Kiisi University) Sustainable Conflict Transformation in assessment of the contributions of Development Activities to Peace building in Africa.
2. Kwarija Annet, Nareeba Peter, Akampurira Timothy (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) An assessment of deviance among teenagers in Bubare Subcounty Kabale District.
3. Samari Janet and Chesakit David (REV) (Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus) The effects of gender imbalance on organizational performance . A case study of Sebei Diocese, Uganda
4. Lambuli Ambrose (Uganda Christian University) Child Labour: An obstacle to the formal education of OVC in Mbale municipality
Panel E6: Social, Economic and Political Changes in Africa
Location: Conference Hall 6
Chair: Erisa Kigenyi.
1. Mary Baremirwe Bekoreire and Machyo Jane (Uganda Christian University) Training and quality improvement in the public sector; A case study of Local Governments in Eastern Uganda
2. WAKWALE PETER SIMON (Livingston International University) The effects of political decentralization on local government performance: with reference to Mbale municipal council.
3. Mawa Fred, Nareeba Peter (Uganda Christian University- Mbale Campus) Decentralization policy and implementation of sanitation programmes; The case of industrial division Mbale Municipality.
4. Danladi Sule (Islamic University in Uganda). Pre-colonial African socio-economic development of the Afo-eloyi polities of North Central Nigeria Tukura

Lunch: 12:15pm – 2:00pm

Conference Closing Ceremony:
MC: Dr. Nathan Muwereza
3:45pm-4:00pm Closing Remarks & Way Forward from the Chair, Conference Organizing Committee: Rev Dr. Stephen Mungoma, PhD
4:00pm-4:15pm Vote of Thanks by Representative of Delegates
4:15pm-4:20pm Vote of Thanks from Academic Registrar Uganda Christian University Mbale Campus. Mrs. Lillian Gimuguni
4:20pm-4:30pm Issuing of Certificates

Delegates depart at leisure

Call for Papers for second International Conference, to be held at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mbale Campus, Uganda on 1st – 3rd September 2016
General conference theme: GLOBALIZATION IN AFRICA: A CHALLENGE OR OPPORTUNITY?
Conference venue: UGANDA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY MBALE CAMPUS

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Reminder on Lecture by Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o at Kisii University on 31 August 2015 at 2pm

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Public Lecture by Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o on 31 August 2015 at Kisii University

Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o will be giving a public lecture at Kisii University on 31 August 2015 at 2pm. You are all welcome.

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Call for papers on Creativity, Culture and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora African Conference 2016 University of Texas, Austin March 24-27, 2016

Call for papers Creativity, Culture and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora African Conference 2016 University of Texas, Austin March 24-27, 2016

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Creativity, Culture and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora
African Conference 2016
University of Texas, Austin
March 24-27, 2016
Creativity, culture and identity are inter-related. Closely allied to the idea of genius, the discourse of creativity has privileged the individual subject whose Promethean determination, originality, and passion bring into being art, innovation, and excellence. This humanist understanding of creativity still has considerable currency in disciplines such as literature and the arts, psychology, mathematics and the sciences. Related accounts of creativity and the imagination have emerged in numerous other areas, including business, popular psychology, the social sciences, and engineering and technology. The discourse of creativity that surfaces within multiple fields reveals that the notion of the individual creator is not simply widespread, but omnipresent; indeed, it is a fundamental ideology of Western culture. Challenging the individualist and depoliticized ideology of creativity, the conference calls for papers that present alternative accounts of the social and political dimensions of creativity as they relate to invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, desire, pedagogy and social change. The conference aims to reach a multidisciplinary academic audience; artists and grassroots activists; the political, journalistic, and information technology communities, and interested members of the general public. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between scholars and dancers, actors and writers, songwriters and singers.
The conference invites papers on all aspects of creativity, identity and culture from the artistic to the scientific and the humanistic. Various disciplines have addressed this issue focusing on how new practices emerge, how individual creators package ideas, and how their ideas transform the landscape. Scholars in all disciplines are invited to propose papers on various aspects, including but not limited to any of the following:
• Creativity, identity and culture profile: What is novel and original among Africans and Black people generally?
• Value added to progress: development ideas, new thinking
• Globalized modernity and its consequences on cultural performances, rhetoric and other forms of expressions.
• The creative process in Africa and the African Diaspora
• Creative thought processes
• Creativity and the everyday
• Creativity, religion and the performance of ritual.
• Gender, imagination, and creative space.
• Ethical issues in creativity: The questions of technological innovations, and stunning improvements in our knowledge of and mastery over the natural world and living organisms—improvements experienced by some as an opportunity for greater health and prosperity vs the concentration of power, wealth and resources in the first world; the concomitant impoverishment of the rest; global environmental destruction; and applications of new knowledge and technology that may be harmful or dangerous.).
• Histories of creativity and inventions: How do historians study creativity? Biographies of such as those of Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo, Kola Ogunmola, etc.
• The politics of creativity: e.g., creativity and resistance, anti-colonial genres, creativity and apartheid, creativity and democratic movements.
• Nollywood: (production, text, marketing, impact, etc.)
• Technology, Information, Innovation. For instance, the ambivalent effects and challenges of proliferating technologies and information.
• “Beyond Art” and an exploration of the current range of artistic and cultural practices, especially in the wake of the drastic shifts in critical paradigms associated with women’s studies, multiculturalism, cultural studies, and queer studies.
• The Expanding Body. For instance: the widespread experimentation and new theorizations with regard to the body and its relation to subjectivity. Papers can theorize the creative interfacings between the body, mind, and spirit, as well as the outside world. One of the most rapid and dramatic changes in modern culture has involved our conceptualizations of the body and its relation to subjectivity. Medical and technological developments have enabled the reconfiguration of the body with organic and/or mechanical supplements; cyborg or post-human bodies are now, to a certain extent, a reality.
• The pedagogy of creativity: the strategies, agents and locations that have sought to transcend the hierarchies and limits of traditional pedagogy. While some may argue that creativity cannot be taught, numerous efforts have been made to imagine and enact a pedagogy that could liberate creativity rather than stifle it. The redefinition of childhood and adolescence, the dramatic shift in what is regarded as useful knowledge, and the impact of technology on human learning and labor all complicate the purpose and practice of those attempting to teach creatively in the service of creativity. Contributors can explore new radical pedagogic strategies that transcend the hierarchies and limits of traditional pedagogy, and thereby support the unpredictable flows and combinations of new creative energies.
• Social Movements: the developments in new social movements and their creative strategies for political organizing, protest, and autonomy; how activists and communities had been imagining and enacting their political aspirations and organizing.

The paper selection process is highly competitive therefore we expect papers that inform new ways of thinking while engaging critical perspectives. Selected papers will be published in book form. Participants in The Africa Conference are drawn from various continents and papers selected for publication are assigned to particular panels according to themes, discipline, or geographical location. Joint panels are welcome. For this year, we welcome presentations that seek to demonstrate theoretical paradigms through the medium of performance.
This conference is committed to professional development of participants and this will be rendered through workshops on writing and getting published in the academia. Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend and present papers and interact with senior scholars to build their own growth process as scholars. This conference encourages interaction between scholars across disciplines, locations and special interests. Ample time will be provided for interactivity between participants.
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 23, 2015. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation.
Please submit all abstracts to africaconference2016@gmail.com and
Toyin Falola: toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu
A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and $100 for graduate students must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the abstract. This conference fee includes admission to the panels, workshops, and special events, as well as transportation to and from the conference from the hotel, breakfast for three days, dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, and a banquet on Saturday evening. All participants must raise the funding to attend the conference, including registration fee, transportation and accommodation. The conference does not provide any form of sponsorship or financial support. The University of Texas at Austin does not provide participants with any form of funding support, travel expenses, or boarding expenses.
Convened by: Professor Toyin Falola, toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu
Coordinated by: Abimbola Adelakun and
Daniel Jean-Jacques, africaconference2016@gmail.com
Conference website: http://www.firt-iftr.org/item/543-creativity-culture-and-identity-in-africa-and-the-africa…
Categories: Call for Papers, Conference Announcement
Keywords: cultural identity, creativity, identity, African Diaspora, African History/Studies

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nvitation & Call for Abstracts for Conference on Child Rights & Sight at Yale University, October 24, 2015

Invitation & Call for Abstracts for Conference on Child Rights & Sight at Yale University, October 24, 2015

5th International Conference on Child Rights & Sight 2015
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Organized by: Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
Co-Organizers: Yale University,  Yale UNICEF,  Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Saint Joseph, Gateway Community College, Rights & Sight for Children (RSC)
www.distressedchildren.org

On behalf of Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI), we cordially invite you, your family, and friends to take part in the 2015 International Conference on Child Rights & Sight, taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  Join us for a day of engaging and informative presentations followed by a relaxing evening of networking.

About the 2015 International Conference on Child Rights & Sight:
Following four successful conferences at Yale, this October DCI will once again bring together leaders from the fields of child rights, global health, international development, and blindness prevention to address the pressing challenges faced by the world’s children. Concerned citizens from the Yale community, across the United States, and around the world will join us to learn, network, and share their contributions.

Conference on Child Rights & Sight Objectives:
1.  Assemble experts and leaders from the fields of child rights, global health, international development, social entrepreneurship, and youth development to discuss current  issues affecting children in the 21st century and promote awareness about these critical issues affecting children locally, nationally, and internationally.
2. Provide a platform for local, national & international participants to showcase achievements & share lessons from their experience working against child poverty, child labor & treatable blindness
3. Build a stronger international network & forge new partnerships among like-minded individuals, researchers, campaigners, policymakers & organizations.
4. Feature youth as attendees, volunteers & honorees. Encourage young people to take leadership in humanitarian causes.

Join Us!
The children of the world need your support!  Attend the Conference on Child Rights & Sight to discover how you can get involved and help create a better world. Please join us at Yale this October, and together we will provide a powerful voice of opposition to child labor, hunger, poverty and blindness.

Our call for abstracts and other important information about the conference can be found at the bottom of this email.  The deadline for abstract submission is July 31, 2015.  Visit our website to learn more, register, submit your abstract or discover other opportunities at the conference.
Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely yours,

Brian DeBroff, M.D., F.A.C.S.
President, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Yale University, USA

Click to view our conference welcome video!

Conference Information
Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 am  to­ 7:00 pm
Location: The Anlyan Center (TAC), Auditorium, Yale University,  300 Cedar St, New Haven, CT

Conference Fees*:
Before July 30 (Early Bird): $30 for attendees, $10 for students
After July 30:  $50 for attendees, $25 for students

*Networking Reception is included in registration fee.

Register: click here to register for the conference

Submit an Abstract
Are you interested in presenting your work at the conference?  We encourage you to submit your abstract on any of the following topics for oral or poster presentation:

  • Child Labor & Poverty
  • Child Rights & Policy
  • Child Trafficking
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Skill Development & Economic Empowerment
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Community Development
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Blindness Prevention
  • Student Leadership & Volunteerism

Please submit your abstract and short narrative biography using our online form.  Abstracts must not exceed 300 words, and the accompanying narrative biography must not exceed 250 words.

Awards Application
At the conference, DCI will give various awards to youth and adults who are making exceptional contributions to community service and humanitarian work. Click here to see our awards and apply.

Deadlines and Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015
Registration Deadline (at reduced rate): July 31, 2015
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: August 15, 2015 (or sooner)
Registration Cancellations Deadline: August 30, 2015 (11:59 PM)
Media Registration Deadline: September 30, 2015
All Award Applications/Nominations: September 13, 2015

Contacts:
5th International Conference on Child Rights & Sight 2015
Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
195 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA
E-mail: conference@distressedchildren.org
E-mail: dci@distressedchildren.org
www.distressedchildren.org

If you would like more information regarding opportunities at the 2015 International Conference for Child Rights & Sight or have any questions, please contact Dr. Navin Maswood  or, Ian Burzynski  at: conference@distressedchildren.org or, dci@distressedchildren.org .  Also see the attached flyer.

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African Clothes Have Meaning and Significance and not Mundane and Powerless

African Clothes Have Meaning and Significance and not Mundane and Powerless

By Maurice N. Amutabi

I read Prof. Evan Mwangi’s treatise on old and emergent themes in the American academy with a lot of interest, having been an African scholar in diaspora myself in the USA until 2010 when I relocated to Kenya. I was impressed that Prof. Mwangi had come to similar realization like me but unfortunate that he was not joining Kisii University but Chuka University. However, what was important for me was that he was coming to assist in the development of Kenya. What fascinated me most about the article is the reference to some issues and aspects that are regarded as mundane and almost meaningless in the production of knowledge that should liberate humans from the ravages of nature. Cultural studies have often been seen to be marginal compared to say economic, political and social studies.

Prof. Mwangi was spot on, in many of the instances, of changing dynamics on how Africa is perceived in the West and how promotions are hard to come by if one does not write on ‘Western’ induced themes. His arguments that some western audiences would love to read and hear about the smell of the African underwear than about the demonic character and legacy of the colonial project and its exploitative and attendant attributes, were accurate. So I agree with the claims in his article to some extent, but at the same time point out that he may have missed to note the value and symbolic meaning of African clothes, which are not as haphazard and random. African societies allocate a lot of importance, symbolism and meaning on clothing. It is therefore imprudent to imagine that the female underwear is marginal in the sense in which he presented it. In western Kenya, female underwear or esibungui or afuong’o are not as mundane, muted and powerless as white female underwear which lack agency, voice and power. The African woman’s esibungui or underwear has power and agency in ways that are unimaginable in Western contexts. It is perhaps one of the single most important garments in many African cultures. Among the Luhya and Luo, esibungui or afuong’o represents potency, power, curse and an important device in discursive spaces and sites about location of female authority and influence.

Esibungui or underwear represents the power of womanhood. If a woman removes esibungui and beats any person with it, it represents one of the biggest curses, beaten in prominence only by the shaking of breasts or bearing of female buttocks. If a matriarch removes esibungui in public, everyone is supposed to run away because if she throws it at anyone or hits anyone with it, it is an abomination which requires cleansing to remove the curse. When it became old, it was not thrown away like other pieces of cloth. It was destroyed and burned and ashes thrown in banana plantations. It was believed if children looked at the esingui of their mother, they could become blind. Esibungui had secrets. It served as cloth, while at the same time it served as a walking bank and safe. In the past, the pockets on the esingui served to keep important jewels and other valuables.

When a young woman dies among the Abaluhya, she cannot be buried in her underwear. The underwear has to be removed on the eve of burial in order for the husband to remarry and bear children. The underwear removal is a ritual done by older women and held in the absence of men. The ritual removal of the underwear is a symbolic permission of the woman, granting the remaining husband to remarry. If by any chance the dead woman had suggested at any given time that when she dies she be buried with her underwear, then the man’s fate on marriage is sealed. He cannot remarry, and even if he does, he may not have children.

The power of the underwear is the reason why many Luhya and Luo men demand to bury their ex-wives so that they are not locked up. They will pay anything demanded as dowry for the dead wives in order to have the chance to burry without underwear in order to allow them to remarry and bear children again. In the event that dowry is paid in full, members of the parties in the marriage have to prepare for the ceremony of removing the underwear from the corpse.

Underwear is not your everyday garment among many African societies. It plays a very important role in semiotics and coded language. The role and responsibility of a man starts with making sure that all women in his life have enough ebibungui (plural for esibungui). It is the first test for any man in proving his worth. If he cannot provide esibungui, then he cannot even provide for his wife and family.

Prof. Amutabi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs at Kisii University. Amutabi@yahoo.com

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