On 4th January 2022, the Buganda Royal Fraternity (BRIBTE) bid farewell to the longest serving Academic Registrar in the life of the institute, Dr. Leonard Walusimbi, having worked with BRIBTE for 13 years.While addressing staff members at his farewell, Dr. Walusimbi expressed his heartfelt thanks to Management, staff and the Governing Council for the opportunity accorded to him to serve as the Academic Registrar. Dr. Walusimbi added that because of strong bonding, he one time became indifferent on whether he should leave or stay, having always considered the Institute as his second family.
“But finally I decided to go for the opportunity at Uganda’s Parliament. I am so happy and privileged to have worked with you all and you’re such good people. I was undecided because BRIBTE gave me peace and space to share ideas, so I had to work for this long.” Dr. Walusimbi said
In a special way, Dr. Walusimbi thanked Ms.Flavia, who served as his Secretary, and described her as a person who loves her job so much and very responsible.
Doctor mentioned some of the achievements registered while in office as the Academic Registrar, although he indicated that these were joint achievements with everyone in their dockets. Notably, Dr. Walusimbi highlighted that by the time he came on board, BRIBTE used to have one graduation in two years, but this has since to annual event with a standard date being the last Friday of every year, notwithstanding the number of students that has grown from 800 in 2008 to about 4,000 student by the time Covid-19 set in. Dr. Walusimbi hopes the situation will normalize and get back to pick enrolment. Study sessions also increased from the then two sessions (morning and day) to now four sessions (morning, day, evening and weekend). Online learning platform was also initiated to aid teaching and learning during the lockdown and there is hope that this will grow into a parallel alternative study session on fulltime basis.
Dr. Walusimbi welcomed his successor, Mr. Kaggwa Apollo, and encouraged him to always build teams, listen to students, parents and every stakeholders, but not to judge them by their appearance. He enlisted what is contained in the office he held and promised to support Mr. Kaggwa to take forward his good work. Dr. Walusimbi couldn’t end his speech without thanking his former supervisor, also the Principal, Mr. Wamala Anthony for the good stewardship of the Institute. Dr. Walusimbi described Mr. Wamala as such a leader who always focus on building consensus, finds a solution beyond one’s expectations, and in a pragmatic approach. Dr. Loenard leaves BRIBTE to join Parliament as a Policy Analyst.
The Principal Omuk. Wamala Anthony thanked Dr.Walusimbi for having worked with him for 13 years without any collision, but rather to have always advised one-another in good faith, something which Mr. Wamala considered to have supported the growth and development of the Institute.
Mr. Wamala wished him the very best at his new work place. He also implored him to maintain links with his former staff members just in case of any opportunities, since he understands them very well in terms of their capabilities. The Principle implored the in-coming Registrar (Mr.Kaggwa Apolo) to take Dr. Walusimbi’s counsel passionately.