Ms Jane Kibirige’s appointment as the de-facto Chief Executive Officer of the Parliamentary Service has been formalized, and all preparations are ready to receive her as Clerk this month.

Ms Kibirige will enter office of Clerk almost four months after Clerk Aeneas Tandekwire left, leaving a vacuum which has been partly filled by the two deputies; Paul Wabwire in charge of Legislative Duties and Kaija Kwamya in charge of Administration.

Sources from the Parliament Commission informed this newspaper yesterday that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga met the new Clerk last week, although the exact date when she starts work is yet to be known.
The source also said Ms Kibirige last week wrote an acceptance letter to take the new task. It is not clear the term she has been given since the Constitution gives President Museveni the power of setting the number of years a Clerk shall serve.

When asked, Ms Hellen Kaweesa the Parliament Spokesman said her office also awaits the communication from President’s office, but another source from her office said that Ms Kibirige is expected to start work this week since Parliament returns from recess on February 7.

Another source said she wanted to wait for the 62nd graduation ceremony of Mbarara University to end, and she hands over her former office at the campus.

“We have prepared her office as our tradition is of welcoming new people, and we shall wait for her anytime because we are ready,” Ms Kaweesa said.

Presidential spokesman Tamale Mirundi was unavailable on phone for comment.

As Clerk to Parliament, Ms Kibirige will be expected to provide a vision and leadership to the Parliamentary Service and to initiate the strategies to achieve the vision of the Legislature.
She will also be responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Speaker with respect to the rules, procedures and protocol of Parliament and to direct the internal management of the Service.

Who is Kibirige?
Born in 1962, the mother of two is married to Dr Charles Kibirige, the University Secretary of Mbarara University where she has been working since 1989.

Ms Kibirige has worked at the Mbarara based University since 1989, growing into ranks from Administrative Assistant, Assistant Academic registrar, to Deputy Registrar and finally has been Senior Deputy Academic Registrar in charge of admissions at the university.

A graduate of Sociology, Ms Kibirige also holds a Masters in Higher Education Management.

During her work at MUST, Ms Kibirige is said to have been behind the organization of a range workshops including but not limited to the 2002 Ford Foundation Enesco workshop, a three week training of trainers for lecturers.

Among the trainings she has attended include a 2003 council for African Institute for capacity development, trained in basic principles of decentralization and recently, she got trained in service ICT training in the management of students’ records.

In 2004, she presented one titled; where is the Pioneer Master of Medicine Community Practice graduates? A paper presented at the Inaugural Research Dissemination Conference at Mbarara University.

As a deputy academic registrar, her role has been, on top of deputizing the academic registrar, to be in charge of admissions, secretary to the senate meetings, responsible for student records, and also coordinate the master of Medicine Community Practice, a German-funded program; and to issue academic documents among other responsibilities.

By Sheila Naturinda, Daily Monitor

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