University Officials

September 28, 2018

Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua, our new Vice Chancellor assumes office on Monday, 1st of October 2018. The handing over between the outgoing VC, Prof. Justus Mbae and Prof. Mbugua took place on Tuesday September 25, 2018. The University Council Chairman, Rt. Rev. Bishop Maurice Muhatia, oversaw the handover process and introduced the new Vice Chancellor to the CUEA fraternity.

In his speech, apart from thanking the Council for its trust in his leadership capacity for the position, Prof. Mbugua called on the support of all stakeholders towards achieving the objectives of the University. He reiterated his commitment in driving CUEA to higher heights of glory as a University of choice in moral and character formation and a beacon of excellence in academics and research. He also took time to appreciate Prof. Justus Mbae for his dedicated service to the University during his three-year term.

Prof. Mbugua indicated that his priorities in his tenure would be to transform and turn-around CUEA, expand its student market catchments, ensure high quality programs, enhance business excellence as well as align operations with good governance, staff motivation, right culture, service excellence and digital leverage.

Also speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Rt. Rev. Bishop Muhatia took time to thank Prof. Mbae for his steadfast service and pledged the Council’s support to the new Vice Chancellor and his management team.

Until his appointment, Rev Prof. Mbugua was the Vice-Chancellor Designate of Tangaza University College which is a constituent college of CUEA.  He holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Egerton University and he brings to CUEA 20 years of extensive experience and knowledge in management and leadership of Kenyan tertiary education.


It is always right and just to look in the past with gratitude and pay tribute to those on whose shoulders we are gradually uplifted to higher heights.

Today I intend to start by inviting the entire Family of CUEA to pay tribute to the first Rector of CUEA, the late Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda, Emeritus of Fort Portal who the Lord called to himself on the on Tuesday 18th  August at his residence in Villa Maria Parish in the Diocese of Masaka, Uganda, and was laid to rest in Bukalasa Seminary on Friday 20th August 2015.

The Late Bishop Paul Kalanda was born on February 24, 1927 in Buwunde, Masaka Diocese to Mr. Simon Zilyawukanya Kalanda and Mrs. Agnes Nakachwa, Bishop Kalanda had four siblings including three brothers (all now deceased- RIP) and one sister.

In 1934 he began his Catechism classes at Kabwoko Catholic Church located in the Diocese of Masaka. Upon his completion of his catechism course, he joined St. Francis Primary School and later went to Bukalasa Seminary in 1942 and Katigondo Major Seminary in 1949.

It was after his fifth year at Katigondo that he was offered a scholarship alongside his longtime friend, His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, to pursue their studies at Urbaniana University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1957 and thereafter continued with his studies at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) where he earned his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Canon Law in 1961.

In November 1961 he returned to Uganda and was appointed lecturer at Katigondo Major Seminary and later became Rector at the same seminary, making him the first African to assume that office. He also obtained a diploma in African Social Anthropology at Oxford

University in the United Kingdom in 1967.

He was one of the founders of the Catholic Higher Institute of East Africa (CHIEA). In 1980 he was appointed the first Rector of CHIEA, now the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

On November 29, 1980 he was appointed Bishop of Moroto Diocese located in Tororo Ecclesiastical Province and was consecrated Bishop on March 22, 1981. He was later appointed as Bishop of Fort Portal on April 28, 1991 and installed as the ordinary on November 3, 1991 until his retirement on June 15, 2003. He served as the Apostolic Administrator of Lira Diocese from December 2, 2003 until July 9, 2005.

The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) and Archbishop of Gulu, Most Rev. John Baptist Odama described Bishop Paul Kalanda, the fallen Emeritus Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Portal, as a “profoundly great man who was a mentor, missionary and an icon of wisdom.”

Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda had abundant love and passion in his mission. He desired unity, peace and holistic development of this country. We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and great men that was still required in the transformation process of our country.” May his soul rest in peace!

Among the fruits of the late Bishop Kalanda, as the first African Rector of Katigondo, Kalanda is credited with nurturing Archbishops Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (Kampala), John Baptist Odama (Gulu-Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference) and Paul Bakyenga (Mbarara).

Other students who went through his hands at Katigondo between 1969-1979 included bishops Sabino Odoki (Arua), Callistus Rubaramira (Kabale), Robert Muhiirwa (Fort Portal) and the late Deogratius Muganwa Byabazaire (Hoima).

In Karamoja, he learned the local language largely to get close to his flock. He was so much loved and given a local name, “Lokiru.” Bishop Kalanda was referred to as a missionary bishop partly because he had never been to this part of Uganda where the Comboni missionaries reigned.

We thank God for the Gift of the late Bishop Paul Kalanda, a gift to the Universal Church, AMECEA and the Church in Uganda. REST in PEACE!

This is an extract from the main speech by the VC during Convocation.

This year’s convocation ceremony was held on August 27. The chief guest at the event was Bishop Anthony Muheria, Kitui Catholic Diocese and the Apostolic Administrator, Machakos Diocese.

In his speech, Bishop Muheria addressed himself to the issues of Catholic Identity, collective responsibility and the growth of the University. His address was largely inspired by St. John Paul II and Blessed Cardinal Newman. He said that both possessed a deep catholic spirit, and were excellent and sharp minds, true products of University life and outstanding saints.

Bishop Muheria warned against situations whereby students are taught for the sake of passing exams. “If we are only to teach them how to pass exams we would have betrayed the very spirit of University, we would have dehumanized them, “de-perfecting”their very humanity.”

He noted that the Catholic Identity should be seen through transmission of human values and qualities, transforming boys and girls to competent leaders, into virtuous, ethical and upright people, based on the Catholic style.

While further quoting Pope Francis on his new encyclical, Laudato Si, he reminded us not to be enslaved in a Technocracy, where technology dictates life, emptying man of the capacity of relating and engaging nature.

He urged staff and students alike to inculcate in themselves a love and admiration of nature and a great capacity to create human relationships with others and with God.

Bishop Muheria added; we are greatly challenged by the emptying of the capacity to wonder that technology, digital connectedness has produced in society. We seem not to have time, or to have lost the capacity to stand in awe before a sunset or sun rise, or to contemplate the beauty of nature and landscapes, to wonder at the small things around us of nature: the engineering prowess of the ant in the air-conditioned ant hill, the connectedness of nature where a honey seeker, a bird, talks to a badger, an animal. We need to rediscover the beauty of music and discover Beauty itself because it is a doorway to the Truth.

Bishop Muheria is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University after being appointed by the AMECEA Bishops during their plenary in Malawi last year.


Speaking during the Convocation Ceremony on Aug 27 at the LRC, Msgr Dr. Pius Rutechura outlined several aspects on focus during the new academic Year 2015/16.

First, the VC said that the university was seeking the status of operating as a fully fledged and canonically elected Chaplaincy. He said that this would enhance pastoral ministries and strengthen the base of making CUEA to continue bearing desirable fruits.

He urged all the members of the university to maximize their participation and attendance to spiritual functions. More of the pastoral ministries would be made operational. These include, Spiritual Formation and accompaniment, Worship and Liturgy, Social Concern, Ecumenism and Interfaith.

Msgr Pius also requested everyone to read, internalize and integrate values of Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Laudato Si ‘on the care for our common home’.  “We have to care for oneself, neighbour and the institutions we serve as a starting point”, he added.

He urged everyone to embrace a new lifestyle which will liberate us from becoming a seedbed for collective selfishness and embark upon new paths of authentic freedom where disinterested concern for others, and care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment is possible.

“What will liberate us and lead us to success is focusing on long range achievements by consciously expanding our mind.”  The vice chancellor added.

Further, the VC said that the bright future of CUEA depended on openness to share and shoulder a common vision and building consensus on how to address key issues which will eventually lead to mutual reaping of the fruits of our labour.

Monsignor noted, “I firmly believe that embracing cost effective measures, accompanied by more order and deliberate efforts to raise non tuition income will enable us to increase the size of our cake which we will all share with gratitude and joy.

He informed the staff at the University that the job evaluation and HR audit report was already being implemented and urged all sections to willingly implement the recommendations.

Rutechura revealed some of the measures targeting to harmonise teaching workloads and part time claims. These will include; a) qualified administrative staff to teach two units per year without claiming, b) Faculties and departments to reduce number of units offered, rationalize and streamline courses and units taught (across faculties and departments) so as to reduce part-time claims, c) Ensure that lecturers take full loads before making any claims and extend their service to related faculties.

On security, the VC assured that stringent measures were being undertaken to ensure that our campuses remained safe. This is being worked in collaboration with IBM and will involve the installation of CCTV cameras and other advanced systems.

Further, the VC congratulated CUEA Monks for their great efforts which have seen them rise back to the first league status. He assured students that the university will continue accompanying them in a holistic manner. He further announced that the University was seriously minding international students and had set up a committee to see how to enrich our services to them.

At the beginning of his speech the Vice Chancellor paid glowing tribute to the Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda, Bishop Emeritus, Fort Portal, Uganda, the first rector of the university, then known as CHIEA (Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa) who passed on on Aug 18. 


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