About the Conference

Nkumba University has established itself as a leading University and influential player dealing with security and strategic studies and research in the country. In addition to the internal discourses the University organizes discussions with security stakeholders and the public at large. The first security symposium under the theme: A comprehensive understanding of security sector management in a macro socio-political science perspective was held at Nkumba University in May 2015. The next conference was on National Security “Civil Society and Security Governance in Uganda: Breaking the Divide between State and Non State Actors’ Understanding of National Security” and was held on 3rd May 2017. Once again Nkumba University in conjunction with Security studies and Analysis Centre (SESAC-NU) are organising the third National Security Studies

More Information about the conference

Despite widespread use of ‘security’ by scholars and politicians during the last forty years, not much attention has been devoted to explicating the concept. For a long time, security was perceived to mean guarding against external threats hence the traditional emphasis on the military. However, as events in the past and current century have demonstrated, security of states is much more threatened by wide-ranging phenomenal of both internal and external nature most of which are nonmilitary in nature. As such therefore, the state has met fierce opposition/criticism from non-state actors such as the Civil Society; the academia, the media and NGOs to break away from traditional conception of external attacks or military nature threats as the only source of insecurity for the country

Globally, some of these changes have led to new approaches in the management of national security in which different actors have been integrated into the processes for determination and dealing with threats. In Uganda however, there is still a gap in how different stakeholders in the security sector define and approach security issues. There is therefore, a need to create a platform whereby different actors in the security sector can constructively engage in debating what the security agenda of the country should entail hence the proposed webinar such as education, agriculture and health. Civil Societies have called for accountability and transparency in government budgeting and allocation of funds. Sometimes frictions have ensued when the Civil Societies resort to educating the citizenry on the role of the state in ensuring an all round nature of security

The involvement of the civil society in areas that were traditionally known to be sponsored by the state goes beyond citizenry education. Today, civil societies are known for filling the gaps created by a states’ minimal intervention in food security, environmental conservation and human rights protection advocacy.

This intervention has not gone on well in Uganda as it also happens in other jurisdictions between the government and the Civil Society. The government has even criticized Civil Societies for sniffing too much in matters of governance. Yet, the state has also been attacked for doing so little for example in fighting corruption which has an impact on social service delivery and consequently human security and development. In view of the above and in a bid to contribute to effective and efficient governance of the security sector in Uganda, Nkumba university in Conjunction with SESAC, will hold a National Security conference on the theme: “SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA: SEARCHING FOR A COMMON UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE CIVIL SOCIETY, ACADEMIA AND PRACTITIONE

The main objective of the webinar is to share ideas on how to develop a common approach to security sector management in Uganda. The aim based on the view that no nation can attain development without security. To achieve this, the conference seeks to develop a dialogue between state and non-state actors in national security provision and governance. It is important to bring these two sectors to dialogue because security and development require all stakeholders input

The conference will also build up the University’s interaction with the policy making and practitioner’s community. The University already has a Master of Security and Strategic Studies and PhD Programme is soon to launched in the same area. And a vibrant chair in security studies and analysis is now in operation and to be officially launched on the day of the conference.

The conference will bring together senior officials from government ministries, the judiciary, the media, NGOs, academics, the military, police and intelligence services, parliamentary security and defense oversight committees, selected local government representatives, international development partners and diplomats

1. The changing role of the military in Uganda’s socioeconomic development.

2. The challenge of keeping law and order in the contemporary securitysector environment
3. The value of intelligence in Uganda’s development
4. The contribution of the Private Security Organisations to the development of Uganda?
5. To what extent does the National Security Council appreciate the expanded meaning of security?
6. What are the challenges of developing integrated policies for security and development in Uganda?
7. Parliamentary oversight of the security sector in Uganda: experiences and challenges
8. Can a right balance be achieved between human rights and national security objectives in Africa?
9. What is the role of international development partners in Uganda’s security sector?
10.Understanding the role of the Civil Society Organisations in the security sector in Uganda. Expected outcome
11.Security and the Media is it a valid nexus in Uganda
12.ICT and Security Provision in developing Countries: Challenges and Prospects

Prof. Jude T. Lubega

Jude Lubega is a Professor of Information Technology who has vast experience in ICT4D. He is currently the Ag. Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University. He previously served in Makerere University from 2007 t0 2012 as the Deputy Dean and the Head of the Information Technology Department in the College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Assoc. Prof. Asiimwe Solomon Muchwa

Solomon is a Professor of security studies and international relations, and the Director – School of Postgraduate Studies Nkumba University.He is an international relations and security studies scholar, a Social Research, Community, Security and Development Management Specialist. He has over 15 years of teaching at University and hands-on experience in community social, security and economic development

Dr. Anne Abaho

Dr. Abaho is the Dean – School of Social Sciences, Nkumba University. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Nkumba University, a Maters in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University, New York and a Bachelors in International Relations (Major) and Journalism (Minor) from United States International University – Nairobi.



SCP Wilson Omoding


Dr. Ssewanyana


Lt. Gen Charles Angina


Grace Matsiko


Prof Ewusi


Prof Joseph Kizza


JB Imokola


Dr. Eugene Arigye


Prof Joseph Kizza

9:00am Introductory Remarks from Programme Chairperson Dr. Anne Abaho
9:10am Welcome Address Assoc. Prof. Asiimwe S. Muchwa
9:15am Conference Opening Address/ Prof. Jude T. Lubega
Plenary Session A: Assoc. Prof. Solomon Muchwa Asiimwe (Chairperson)



Presentation 1: The Changing Role of the Military in Uganda’s Socio-economic Development

Dr. Anne Abaho

Dean, School of Social Sciences Nkumba University

Gen. Charles Angina

Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Presentation 2: The Value of Intelligence in a country’s development Philani Dhilamini Coordinator of Intelligence Studies Collection Zambia

SCP. David Waswa

Uganda Police Force

9:50am Presentation 3: The Value of Intelligence in Uganda’s Development

Lt. Col. Charles Oluka


General Audience
10:05am Q &A Session 1




Presentation 4: How Important is the Private Security Sector in Uganda?

Mr. Grace Matsiko Chairperson, The Uganda Private Security Association TUPSA

Mr. Ogwal Herbert


Social Sciences Nkumba University



Presentation 5: The Challenge of Keeping Law and Order in the Contemporary Security Sector Environment

SCP. Wilson Omoding

Deputy Director, Counter Terrorism, Uganda Police Force

SCP. Moses Kafeero Commandant, Police College – Bwebajja



Presentation 6: To what extent does the National Security Council appreciate the Expanded Meaning of Security?

Mr. Kachope Patrick

Lecturer, Nkumba University

SCP. Moses Kafeero Commandant, Police College – Bwebajja
11:45am Q&A Session 2
Plenary Session B: Ms. Diana Aharimpisya (Chairperson)



Presentation 7: What are the challenges of developing integrated policies for security and development in Uganda?

Dr. Eugine Arigye

Director Governance and Security, National Planning Authority

Dr. Edaku Charles Director  Kampala Campus

Nkumba University



Presentation 8: Parliamentary Oversight of the security sector in Uganda: Experiences and Challenges Dr. Robert Tumukwasibwe Assistant Director, Parliament of Uganda Mr. George M. Barenzi Lecturer, Social Sciences, Nkumba University


1: 15pm

Presentation 9: Can a Right Balance be Achieved Between Human Rights and National Security Objectives?

Prof. Ewusi Kale

Director, UPEACE African Progaramme – Addis Ababa

Mr. Noah Ssendawula PhD Candidate /Lecturer School of Social Sciences, Nkumba University
01:30pm Q&A Session 3


02:25 pm

Presentation 10:

What is the Role of International Development Partners in Uganda’s Security Sector?


Head, Delegation of the

European Union to Uganda

Mr. Deogratious Matovu

Lecturer School  of Social Sciences, Nkumba University

3:05 pm Presentation 11: Understanding the role of the Civil Society Organisations in the Security Sector in Uganda: Expected Outcomes.

Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana

ED, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative-Uganda

Mr. Kachope Patrick Lecturer – School of Social SciencesNkumba University


3:05 pm


Presentation 12: Security and the Media: is it a Valid Nexus in Uganda?

Dr. Kin Kariisa

Chairperson – National Association of Broadcasters

John Baptist Imokola


School of Social Sciences, Nkumba University



3: 20 pm


Presentation 13:Building A Strong And Resilient National Critical Cyber Infrastructure

Prof. Joseph Kizza

Head of Dept. Computer Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee Chattanooga


Dr. Drake Mirembe (PhD)
College of Computing &
Information Science,
Makerere University

3:35 pm Q&A Session 4
4:35 pm


Conference Closure

Assoc. Prof. Francis Kasekende University Secretary, Nkumba University

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