For the past 10 years, Dr Christopher Twesigye has served the Uganda Christian University (UCU) community under the Faculty of Public Administration and Governance.
However, on November 13, the staff of the faculty held a farewell party for him during which every speaker described him as a person who served the university selflessly.
“We appreciate all the time we have spent together. We have definitely learnt a lot from him,” Martin Kizito, the head of the Department of Public Administration and Governance, said.
Dr Twesigye joined UCU in 2008 due to interest that had been generated in him by a friend called Pamela Tumwebaze. According to Dr Twesigye, he was the only interviewee for the position.
“It was easy to get the job,” Dr Twesigye said.
Since then, he did not look back. “The fact that you feel you have an impact in what you are doing is very important because many of my students do appreciate and are usually full of praise for me, which of course I am not very keen about,” Twesigye says.
“I am 73 years old and the juice is running out of me,” said Twesigye as he explained the reason as to why he chose to retire.
He taught students under other departments at UCU, helping them to master subjects such as East African Politics, Political Science, International Relations, and the Political Economy.
“I enjoy meeting my former students who remind me that I taught them and they are happy for my teaching. I think that is an achievement as far as I am concerned,” Twesigye explains.
According to him, his love for politics and governance is a result of his background, especially his education which is mostly related to the political field.
“These were the areas of my interest and they did not task me. I did not have to do a lot of research before going to class to teach because the courses I taught were related to what I had studied,” Dr Twesigye said.
Twesigye will be missed by both students and staff at the department.
“I shared an office with Dr Twesigye and I found a father in him. He was always concerned about me and my family. He also asked for help from his colleagues in situations where help was needed which is admirable of him,” Keren-Happuch Kiconco Bita, the coordinator of the department, says.
“I appreciate the time I have had with Dr Twesigye right from when I was still a student,” said Nabbos Mujuni, a lecturer in the department. “His mentorship has helped me grow in the academic field. He has a big heart for the young people.”
Dr Twegigye attended Nyakishoroza Primary School in Kabale for his primary education and then joined Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale District for Junior One before going to King’s College Budo in Kampala for O-level.
“I was able to join Makerere University where I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science,” Dr Twesigye said.
Shortly after graduating from Makerere University in 1972, a youthful Twesigye then worked as a Ugandan diplomat in Egypt and Brussels and attended many international conferences including the United Nations and the human rights.
He has also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Part of his time at the ministry included a short period with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
However, due to some political problems that he was facing, Dr Twesigye was forced to leave the country and live in London with his four children.
“When Idi Amin Dada took over power in 1971, I had to leave with my family for fear of persecution,” Dr Twesigye narrates.
While in London for further education, he did a number of postgraduate courses at the London School of Economics which included a PhD in political science, international relations, and political economy.
He later returned to Uganda to take care of his mother who was very sick at the time and needed his support.
“I was one of the first children born in Kabale Hospital. My parents were Elfazi Bagambabusha and Dorcus Bagambabusha, both of whom are now deceased,” Dr Twesigye states. “While I was in London, I had four children. One, however, passed away and they are now just three.”