Dr Rumanzi Benita eyes Rukiga South Constituency 2026-2031

By E K Benj

Updated at 12:08 AM on Saturday 24th January, 21

KABALE – Africa Population Institution Boss, Dr Rumanzi Benita Bushari has expressed interest to run for Member of Parliament for the proposed new Rukiga South Constituency in South Western Uganda.

Speaking to HICGI News Agency, Dr Benita says the conviction to serve his people is irrevocable. Born on 7th Nov 1980 to Mr. Fredrick Bahunde and Mrs. Evelyn Vangi Bushari as number 4 in a family of 9 children in Muhanga, Rukiga formerly Kabale district, Dr Benita went to Nyeikunama Primary School from 1987 to 1993, Bukinda Secondary School from 1994 to 1997 and Kigezi College Butobere from 1998 to 1999. He Joined Makerere University on 22nd Sept 2000.

Dr. Benita Rumanzi is the Principal/ Director, Africa Population Institute located in Masanafu off Northern By-Pass in Kampala Uganda. The institute has been cherished by South Sudan students since its establishment in 2008.

Rumanzi who speaks fluently English, also has a command in Runyakitara, Luganda and Kiswahili,

Career Profile

Dr Rumanzi has got strategic management, planning, organising and effective interpersonal skills with 10 years’ work experience in administration and management fields, providing guidance to strategic planning, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of program activities for all program support functions and coordination of multi-sector programs to ensure that they accomplish their deliverables with high impact, quality and scope with national and international level organisations.

Major Achievements

Pioneered a capacity building institute that has positively impacted thousands of lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.▪ Participated in the development of the national strategic plan for the Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.▪ Developed a number of successful concept papers and abstracts submitted to International Forums

Career History

Principal/Director – Africa Population Institute from March 2009 to date

Specific Roles • Initiate new strategic interventions in the area of operation and oversee integration of program activities of the organisation into the Country’s strategic plan• Establish and monitor annual operating plans for the strategic plan, and oversee implementation of the annual operating plans• Oversee the development of detailed project work plans for all programs, and monitoring of project progress against these work plans and ensure preparation of donor reports and timely submission• Build, maintain and manage the reputation of the organization and relationships with all relevant actors in program area with focus on systematic and structural capacity strengthening of relevant counterpart structures  

Operations Manager – East Africa Population Initiative from June 2008 to March 2009

Technical Assistant –   ​National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

From: Jan 2008 to June 2008

Specific Roles 

Human Resources / Administration• Develop and monitor use of various HR/Admin policies in line with the organizations strategic objectives and ensure that performance evaluations for all staff are conducted on time, and review all I evaluations to ensure quality and consistency and keep their record effectively• Identify training needs for staff members and lead the development and realization of a Staff Development Plan for the Field Office;• Oversee the financial management of field office operations including cash management, issuing and tracking advances, ensuring complete and correct use of all finance forms, timely notice to HQs of cash transfer needs and manage operation costs budget including financial monitoring, forecasting• Manage the carrying out of logistics support operations including contract, procurement, stock management, vehicle operations, equipment maintenance and repair including communications and computer equipment

Public Relations / Communications • Build, maintain and manage the reputation of the organization and relationships with all relevant actors in program area with focus on systematic and structural capacity strengthening of relevant counterpart structures  • Ensure preparation of regular reports to keep partners and stakeholders informed of the organization’s program activities• Website management and Blogspot information dissemination

Programs M&E Coordinator – National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. From: May 2006 to December 2007


Research experience / Team Leader –   Makerere University Institutive of statistics and Applied Economics

From: July 2003 to May 2006• March to May 2006: Participated in the end evaluation of the African Youth Alliance (AYA) project as a supervisor and trainer.• January to February 2006: Participated in the end evaluation of the 5thcountry program and the baseline study survey of the 6th country program of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Uganda. • November to December 2005: Participated in the dissemination of the findings on family planning provider perspectives in conjunction with the Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care and, Makerere University Institute of Public Health. • May 2005 to June 2005: Part of the team that evaluated the sustainability of community directed treatment with Ivermectin program in Uganda.• March to April 2005: Participated in an evaluative study on the strategic leadership and training in reproductive health in Uganda in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics. • December 2003-January 2005: Research Assistant during a study on literacy practices in the primary schools of Uganda with Rockefeller foundation and Makerere University. • November 2003: Research Assistant on sexual reproductive health for adolescents (SHADO) baseline survey by care Uganda. • October 2003: Participated in a study on user satisfaction on health care delivery. Ministry of Health quality assurance department Uganda and Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR) • July to September 2003: Conducted various focus group discussions about health service delivery under Makerere University Institute of Public Health (IPH).

Academic Qualifications:Year ​Institution ​         Award

2013 University of Belford Doctorate in Education Administration

2007          Makerere University                ​     Master of Science inPopulation and Reproductive Health2003​     Makerere University​          Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics and Rural Economics)1999​     Kigezi College Butobere ​          Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education ​1997​     Bukinda Secondary School         Uganda Certificate of Secondary Education1993​     Nyeikunama primary School   Primary Leaving Examination

Writings and Publications• Indigenous knowledge on Placenta Disposal, an implications on safe motherhood in Uganda, a case of the Kigezi Region, to be presented in IKS Symposium in Kigali Rwanda, April 2016• Disaster risk reduction, Uganda Chapter a case of Bududa Landslides, Presented at the 9th Geographical International Conference in New Delhi – India in March 2016• Disaster risk reduction, Uganda Chapter, Presented at UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Geneva Switzerland in January 2016.• Male Anatomy and Physiologic impact on reproductive health, presented at the 7th Africa Population Conference in Johannesburg South Africa in December 2015• Beating the Odds, the unlimited engine for success. Independent writing, 2014• Education in hard to reach Africa, a contention to development, an independent writing 2013• Contraceptive use among women living with HIV in Uganda, Master’s Thesis 2007

Other Trainings attained:▪ Monitoring and Evaluation – Healthlink Worldwide UK – Uganda and Ethiopia ▪ Disaster risk reduction (Preventionweb.net)▪ Monitoring and Evaluation fundamentals – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 

      Global Health e-learning centre▪ Budget development and financial management – Interact Worldwide UK – Uganda▪ Leadership skills – National Leadership training Institutive Kyankwanzi –Uganda▪ Leadership and Peoples’ Management – Miracle Bible College – Uganda▪ Computer Skills -​Makerere University Institute of Computer Science▪ Research Skills – Makerere University Institute of Social Research▪ French Language Course – Makerere University Institute of Languages▪ HIV/AIDS course  – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg University, Global Health e-learning centre▪ Web Technology – Scarlet Lions USA

Positions held ▪ Chairman for Hold the Child international NGO▪ Chief Executive officer – Africa Population Institute▪ A member and promoter of Disaster Risk Reduction, preventionweb.net▪ A member of Union of African Population Studies▪ A member of Makerere University Statistics Association ▪ Coordinator Makerere University Bakiga Students Association▪ Team leader Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics Research Assistants▪ A member Education and Health Sector thematic working group, East Africa Population Initiative▪ A member and partner of High way of holiness international evangelical ministries

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