#SHACKAt100 Profiles - Kabuye Joseph (Zamba)

  • 12/03/2021 01:28:43 pm


  • Born; 4/5/1969 at 7:36 a.m, Rubaga Hospital  to Mr.& Mrs Louis Joseh Mary Mutemankasa 
  • Baptised: 7/11/1969 at 11.06, Kiyinda Parish
  • Married in 2002 with 6 balanced and Healthy Children.

1976-1978     Ibanda Demonstration School.
1979-1981     Kalungu Boys' Primary School .  
1982-1983    Busuubizi Demonstration for PLE Certificate.
1984-1987     Mityana Secondary School for O’ Level.
1988-1990     St. Henry's Coll. Kitovu for A ‘Level.
1990-1993     Makerere University for a Bachelor of Science in Education degree where he obtained 2nd. Class Upper Honours.
2000-2001     Makerere University where he obtained a PGD Computer Science.
2005-2008     Makerere University for a Master’s Degree in Education
2021             Management Certificate from the British Council

1993-2008     Lubiri Secondary School, Kampala. He held positions of class teacher, Head of Department, Careers Master and Director of Studies.
1997-2008     Visiting teacher to Our Lady Queen of Africa Rubaga Kampala
2008-2016     Was posted to St. Henry's College Kitovu, Masaka as Deputy Headteacher
2016 to date Head teacher at St. Peter’s Secondary School Nkokonjeru.

What motivated your current career as a teacher?
First of all, my 85-year old father and late mother who passed away in 1980 while I was still in P5 were both teachers. That was the primary motivation. While I was at Kalungu Boys Primary School, I always admired how teachers dressed in a smart way, many used to drive nice cars, and from a student’s perspective, that was a good life that they lived, and that drove my passion to be a teacher. 
During my SHACK days, we had a group of friends that included Dr. Chris Bukenya (currently SHACKOBA Vice President), Dr. Kayingo, Fr. Vicent Lubega (Currently Parish Priest at Namugongo Catholic Parish) plus another pharmacist whose name I have forgotten. We all offered sciences except Fr. Lubega and we would go for ‘Empuundo’ (Waking up at 3am before the rest) That was a great driving factor too that pushed me to achieve my dream. So being a teacher was my passion always. I am not a teacher by mistake.

What co-curricular activities do you engage in, outside the classroom?
For purposes of health, I have always loved athletics even up to now. I was very good at cross country marathons and up to now, spare time off and go jogging.

What was the best and worst memories that you had as a student while at SHACK?
My best memories were two; the most vivid one was a one time when we hosted S6 girls from Christ the King S.S Bulinda, and the dance didn’t leave me the same. I recall I was the only student at that party with a double breast suit that was gifted to me by a friend from Bukalasa. He always came with a car to SHACK to visit, and that time we would be allowed to drive on school campus. So I was at the top of my game. I recall the people like Andrew Kyambadde ‘Coach’ and Raymond Sawula ‘Tabuley’ who had just left after S6, so I filled the gap as the ‘new kid on the block’. The other time that I cannot forget, was when a Fr. Rayan coached school team hosted and beat KCC Football Club, and we were treated to sumptuous meal as students.

About my worst memory, I recall Brother Butolwa was the head teacher then, and students had a grievance but the way they chose to express it was never seen with my eyes. A humble child brought up in a well-disciplined setting, seeing students pour food into the Headteacher’s Office through the window as a way of demonstrating was a very sad scene for my eyes. I cannot forget that.

How did you receive the news about your posting to SHACK as Deputy Head teacher?

First of all, the process to have me get posted there was gradual. It didn’t happen abruptly. I was still Director of Studies (DOS) at Our Lady Queen of Africa S.S Lubaga, and I was approached by Senior citizens who sought my opinion about getting posted to SHACK. Being a former student there, my response was not a conclusive one, as I told them I still wanted to go and consult, since I had settled in Kampala and didn’t have any plans of relocating. Little did I know that the informal meeting where I was, was an interview. So I later received a call and was called to the Education Ministry Headquarters, and it was then that I knew I had been posted to SHACK. I worried so much about my small projects that I had started in Kampala that I was going to abandon because they eventually failed due to my absence.

What was then most challenging moment that you had as Head teacher at SHACK?

Haaaaa, these were quite a number. You know I saw my promotion from DOS to Deputy Head teacher as an uphill task. As Deputy HM at SHACK, I was in charge of discipline. And I recall a scenario when a student escaped from school, the Head teacher then Bro. Matsiko Francis Brian was out of the country in America. So I called him and briefed him about the situation. He guided that I indefinitely suspend the student which I did. Little did I know that the student’s family had very close ties to one of the Ministers in Central Government. Days later, this Minister called me and we discussed the fate of the boy, and he even wanted to drive to Masaka to meet me. He pleaded with me to have the boy forgiven and have him back in school. Now I was in between a rock and a hard stone. The head teacher had given me different instructions which he was not ready to change, but here is a Minister directly calling me to have the boy forgiven and that he had all hopes in me. It was very challenging.
Then the other time was in November 2010 when S4 students attempted to strike in the middle of their UCE Examinations. This was a result of my enforcement of ensuring discipline. The boys were escaping and engaging in all sorts of indiscipline since they thought they were writing their final exams and therefore felt untouchable. When I cracked the whip, they demanded for my head as a way of retaliation. This later on led to a demonstration by the boys that lasted about 3 days, but I later found a way of keeping the situation calm without being intimidated by the students. I could not bend to their requests at the expense of the discipline culture that the school, and had I done so, it would set a very bad precedent for the other to come. We eventually brought the situation back to normal. But it was so so challenging for me.

What are your favorite dishes?

I enjoy Matooke (obviously as a Muganda man), omumonde ogwo (sweet potatoes) and yams, particularly those commonly referred to as ‘Bwaise’, served with Goats meat and fish.

What are the most interesting memories that you had while you were Deputy Head teacher at SHACK?

These a quite a number. Every day was a learning process. I recall my predecessor, Mr. Lawrence Ssenkubuge briefed me on my first day in office and I knew that the task ahead of me was big. Bro. Matsiko who was the Head teacher then, taught me so many things regarding solving problems at administrative level. Starting my Senior Administrative career at a high profile school like SHACK didn’t come as an easy task. I eventually learnt how to handle discipline in a big institution to SHACK’s magnitude. When Bro. Mugabo Augustine was made Head teacher in 2012, I continued to learn and plan with him and I should say I developed more management skills from him which subsequently saw the academic performance improve greatly. For me, this was a plus.
I also recall when i was accorded audience to have the site of the current A ‘Level block relocated from its initial proposed site to its current site because I guided with an argument that the previous site was hidden and it wouldn’t depict the beauty that we intended to bring to the college with the building. I later oversaw the construction of the current Computer Lab as Chairman of Contracts Committee. So when I move to SHACK, I feel my time there was of great significance.

Are there any things that you had envisaged and wished to see change at SHACK but didn’t happen?

Yeah. Two major things. I always thought about addressing the challenge of students escaping by constructing a ring fence around all corners of the college. In as much the students were disciplined, the porous borders always tempted some of the students to escape. I hope that one day this is achieved. Secondly, the roof at the chapel is rusty and I would wish to have it changed. Unfortunately by the time I left and I think to date, that hasn’t been worked on. But I trust the able leadership of Bro. Mugabo, and I know something will be done before the Centennial Anniversary.

Did you know about your nickname at SHACK?

Hahahah. As a teacher, I always knew students would nickname teachers. So it was not a surprise. It was later on after spending over 4 years that I got wind of my nickname ‘ZAMBA’ but I didn’t know what it meant. I even sometimes jokingly addressed students and told them that I knew about my nickname. Some eventually called me ‘SSERUGANDA’ because I used that term quite often. It is only this year 2021 that I found out that I was nicknamed Zamba because I sometimes spoke Luganda whenever I was cracking a joke for the students in class, at assembly, and sometimes during parents’ meetings, which made the audience laugh always. So they nicknamed me Zamba after the famous rapper GNL Zamba because of my LugaFlow. Oba ntegerekese?

Who do you look up to and who inspires you as your role model?

I am greatly inspired by a gentleman who came from being a primary school teacher worked through the ranks until he made it to the country’s top management institute. That is Dr. James Nkata, the current Executive Director of Uganda Management Institute. I admire him for his resilience, smartness, focus, vision. There is all to admire about Dr. Nkata. I eventually learnt that my father at one time taught him in school. So that gives me more inspiration from him. I always see him and mirror myself in his image.

How has SHACKOBA impacted you in your career growth and development?
SHACKOBA is the partly the reason as to why I am where I am today. The spirit that the Old Boys have for their school is unmatched. My posting to SHACK as Deputy Head teacher was greatly influenced by Senior Old Boys, who are part of SHACKOBA, since that position is often reserved for an old boy. They believed in me, trusted me and supported me throughout my entire career. I always saw them deliberate upon things that were all aimed at taking SHACK to greater horizons. That gave me courage to work harder. And finally I was extremely humbled and honored when they identified me and appreciated me with the Prestigious SHACK Honors Award in appreciation for the service that I gave to my College. I will be forever indebted to SHACKOBA. Thank you for believing in me.

Finally, as SHACK celebrates 100 Years of her existence, what is your message to the reader, and every stakeholder out there?

SHACK has stood the test of time. 100 Years while at the top is no easy joke. SHACK has educated several people in different career paths, it is a source of character shaping and it is an icon institution in the country, as well as Africa at large, owing to its continuous improvement and excellence registered both in academics and discipline. I call upon all stakeholders, Old Boys, Parents, Administrators, Staff, members of the public to continue the input and support the construction of the Centennial Signature Project (THE SHACK EDUCATION CENTRE) as it will be a great landmark as we crown the century and start a new chapter. I appreciate the services of each and every one, and call upon the future leaders of the Old Boys Association and College to always keep the candle burning and ensure that our glory never fades, but ensure that they take SHACK to greater horizons like the College

Article Summary

#SHACKAt100 Profiles - Kabuye Joseph (Zamba) Sseruganda, Zamba, Bbuye are some of the names that he was 'Baptised' during his stay at SHACK. Today we interview and profile former SHACK Deputy Headteacher Mr. Joseph Kabuye and he gives us an insight into his life. Did you what events made him coil in his office? Do you know how he ended up at SHACK as Deputy? Yye abaffe, erinya Zamba omanyi gyelyaava? All this and more in this write up and interview with 'Sseruganda' Kabuye Joseph.