Prominent, influencial and experienced lecturer Nsumba Muhamudu has narrated his first experiences at the Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) in 1988. Talking to The Lens Media, the lecturer narrated how he joined, which course he pursued and how the experience was. Below is his narration.
“My first experience with IUIU started with a simple advert that was pinned at the notice board of Nakasero mosque which I frequented for my daily prayers. I later saw the same advert at the ministry of education. The advert was calling on eligible candidates to apply for admission to any of the two courses offered by a new university located in Mbale Town in Eastern Uganda.
The two courses offered were; Bachelor of Arts education and Bachelor of Arts Islamic studies/ Arabic language. Having missed on government sponsorship and admission to Makerere University to the education course by 0.5 points, I decided to make an application and I travelled to Mbale for the first time in my life. I had never travelled beyond Jinja Town prior to this journey. In Mbale, I spent two nights at the residence of a prominent Sheikh called Wamboga who had served in various capacities in the leadership of the Uganda Muslim supreme Council. His residence was in kiyindi zone in mbale Town and was a friend to my Dad ( May Allah forgive them and grant them paradise).
Having fulfilled all the requirements for admission, I was admitted to the faculty of Islamic studies and Arabic language acronymed FISAL. That was around August 1988 and we were required to report in October of that same year for our quarter one. The course to which I was admitted was later on scheduled to run for four years and we indeed endured the four years. The university had already admitted the first batch students into the two faculties in February of that same year and they were numbering around 80 and our batch was equally the same number spread evenly in the two faculties.
I reported as required in October and I joined a group of students from whom I got friends who have become part of my family up to now. Although the February batch are considered as the pioneers of IUIU, all of us admitted in the year 1988 we considered ourselves as the pioneer group. The notable people from the second batch which we commonly referred as to the October batch include the following; the current two vice Rectors (Prof Mpaata and Dr Jamil, Mr Hafidh Hassan Saleh, Prof Nabalegwa Mahmood of Kyambogo University, Prof Buyinza Mukaddass of Makerere University, Dr Bamwekize Swaib formerly at KIU, Mr. Sessanga Rashid the current deputy Dean FMS, among others. The February batch has notable people like the current academic Registrar Dr Haliimah Akbar Wakabi, Dr Mwebesa, Dr Kasiita, Mr Mugagga and others.
Soon we commenced studies and the only structures on ground were the buildings that belonged to Nkoma S.S.S which had been relocated from Nkoma trading centre to Mbale Town on pallisa Road where it is currently located.
The administration was headed by professor Huq, who was the Rector, he was a Bangladeshi citizen. Professor Gyagenda (not the current Rector, and I understand they are not related at all) was the Vice Rector. We did not have two Vice Rectors by then. Dr Sengendo was the university secretary, Mr Abbas Samaali was the University coordinator, Sheikh Mikdaad was our warden, Mr Tomusange was the purchasing officer, Mr Muluya was the security officer. When we arrived in October as the second batch, we heard that the previous warden currently the university Rector Dr Ssimbwa had left for further studies in the United States having served a few months after his appointment. I need to point out that the current Mufti of Uganda sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje was also a lecturer in the faculty of Islamic studies and Arabic language…,” he narrated.
The lecturers journey at the university will continue tomorrow. He will be narrating how he faced the disciplinary committee and the shura council.