President Yoweri Museveni’s sister Dr Violet Kajubiri-Floelich has been sworn in as deputy chairperson of the Education Service Commission (ESC), a government authority charged with recruiting teachers in the country.
Dr Kajubiri took the oath this morning, July 20 before chief justice Bart Batureebe at the High court premises in Kampala.
After serving on the Commission as a member for eight years, Kajubiri said she has garnered enough experience that should come in handy in her role.
“I’m now a better person and that’s why the appointing authority (President Museveni) has put trust in me,” Kajubiri said.
She, however, decried the Commission’s limited budget as one of their major challenges. “We have limited resources yet there is a lot of pressure because of the job competition,” she added.
Ideally, the Commission is expected to recruit as many teachers and administrators to improve service delivery in the education.
At the same function, Johnson Malinga was also sworn in for a second term as a member of the commission.
The eight-member Commission is chaired by Haj Lubega Wagwa. Others include Dr Asuman Lukwago (secretary), James Kubeketerya and Hajj Abdulatif Wangubo.
Katureebe advised Kajubiri and Malinga to abide by oath they have sworn and serve diligently.
“You are superintending over an important commission because the teachers you recruit will shape the children of this nation so stick to oath you have taken,” Katureebe said.
The president’s wife, Janet Museveni is the minister of Education and Sports.
WHO IS KAJUBIRI?
In his book, Sowing the Mustard Seed (Revised edition, Page 3), President Museveni says Kajubiri was born in 1949.
“We do not know the actual day or month but we are sure of the year because when she was born, the Anglican Church was celebrating 50 years of being in Uganda and she was named Violet Kajubiri, meaning born around the jubilee…”
While eulogizing his mother, who died in 2001, President Museveni said Kajubiri was struck by polio in 1955. As such his father was unenthusiastic about taking her to school reasoning that it was bad investment. The burden fell on the shoulders of the mother, who believed in education of the girl child and as such, solely saw Kajubiri through school.
Kajubiri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Makerere University, which she obtained in the early seventies. She also holds a concurrent diploma in Education majoring in biology and chemistry also from Makerere University.
While working at Makerere University as a special assistant in the department of zoology, Kajubiri got a scholarship from Germany where she went to Hohenheim University for her master’s and PhD in zoology.
Since then, she has lived in Uganda and Germany, where she is also citizen. In her book, My Life’s Journey, Janet Museveni, says Kajubiri was married to German national Hilmer Froelich and the couple has four children.
According to the ESC website, Kajubiri worked as a consultant for the state of Lower Saxony (Germany) on Education and Development from 2008 to 2009. In 2005, she was a member of the visitation committee that Museveni appointed to inquire into all public universities.
The committee produced a report in 2007 that recommended reforms but they were never implemented. In 2001, Kajubiri was also a consultant for Protestant Development Aid in Germany, where she worked until 2004.
Other organizations where she has worked include the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Kajubiri has also been a member of different boards in Uganda and in Germany.
Among them are; National Environment Management Authority (Nema), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-Int) and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Uwec), among others.