The New Executive Director (ED) for UNMA Mr. Festus Luboyera substantively took over office on 5th November, 2015 after an official handover held at UNMA offices.

In the handover ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors (BoD), Dr. Robert Rutaagi, the out gone Acting Executive Director and Director of Station Networks and Observations, Mr. Paul Isabirye welcomed the new ED and said that UNMA had been waiting and so has the public for the total transition from Department of Meteorology to UNMA, an issue that is now complete. He thanked the Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) that started this journey seven years ago (since 2008) especially the Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Obong, the Under Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Esimu Charles Okuraja, Mr. Jackson Rwakishaija, Mr. Wambedde John who were on the task team spearheading the formation of the Authority. He also thanked the Board for continued guidance and the entire staff for supporting him and the interim management team to come this far.

The New ED, Mr. Festus Luboyera said that there is need for team work, explaining what UNMA is and does to the public, stay as a family and share with each other as staff. He said in so doing, staff will nurture each other and avoid conflicts. He said that his main task is to guide the staff and the Authority, to do what they are entailed to do, and make UNMA one of the best Authorities in Uganda. He called for values of ethics, respect and integrity and also elimination of huge formalities in order to move fast as a team that is efficient and effective.

The Chairperson to the BoD, thanked the Ministry for both the managerial and political guidance, and said that the BoD had laid a foundation for the staff and UNMA to efficiently manage meteorological services in Uganda. He asked the ED and management to seriously look into mobilization of resources and tackle the challenges accruing from inadequate funding. He also called for vigorous networking to market and sell UNMA, saying that the workers are charged with making it a viable organization. He appealed to stakeholders like the MoWE, Ministry of Finance and others not to let the young organization die but nurture and water it up to a level when it can stand and walk on its own.

The out gone Acting ED and Director for Station Networks and Observations, Mr. Paul Isabirye(right) shakes hands with the new ED Mr. Festus Luboyera after hand over and the Chairperson of Board, Dr. Robert Rutaagi (middle).

The New ED, Mr. Festus Luboyera displays the BoD Minutes handed over by Mr. Paul Isabirye as part of the working tools handed to him by Dr. Robert Rutaagi, the BoD Chairperson.

The Rotary club of Kampala recently honored Mollen Kenyena, a UNMA weather presenter and congratulated her upon the Honorable Mention she attained from the European Meteorological Society after having emerged the third in TV weather broadcasting Worldwide in the TV Weather Forecast Awards 2015.
The Rotary Club of Kampala – Day Break hosted Ms. Mollen Kenyena as the Guest Speaker.

With her was a delegation from Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) who included Chairperson of the Board Of Directors, Dr. Robert. K. Rutaagi; the Ag. Executive Director, Mr. Paul Isabirye; the Director Forecasting Services, Mr. Khalid Muwembe; the Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms. Lillian Nkwenge and the Manager Engineering/ICT, Mr. Solomon Mangeni.

During the occasion, Mollen gave an outlook on the seasonal weather forecast for September to December 2015 Rainy season and also pointed out the forecasted El Nino conditions over Uganda. The delegation from UNMA gave Key issues regarding the dissemination of weather information to the General public. To crown up the occassion, the Rotary Club of Kampala-Day Break issued a Certificate of Appreciation to Ms. Mollen Kenyena as the guest speaker.

The Directorate of Finance and Administration through the Human Resources Unit of UNMA planned an orientation workshop for Staff from 15th to 16th October, 2015 at Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. The participants included all the Senior Managers, Officers and Assistants in Kampala and Entebbe.
 
The main objectives of the orientation activity were threefold;
(i)   To induct the staff into the Uganda National Meteorological Authority. 
(ii)  To orient staff on change management since the transition from Department of Meteorology into Uganda National Meteorological Authority.
(iii) To administer the Oath of Secrecy.

The 2015 second major rainfall season in Uganda has an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall over most areas in the country. It was observed that the major physical conditions that are likely to influence the evolution of these weather conditions include the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies over the tropical oceans and their implications on rainfall bearing mechanisms including;

  • The phase and strength of Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) mode, which is currently in warming phase,
  • Likely impacts of El Nino over equatorial eastern pacific Ocean that is predicted to persist during the rest of the 2015 and early months of 2016,
  • Sea Surface temperature anomalies over the Atlantic ocean, and
  • The influence of these ocean processes will be modulated by regional circulation systems such as regional monsoonal winds, topographical features and large inland water bodies.

This analysis was considered during the 41st Climate Outlook Forum (COF41) for the Greater Horn of Africa that was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 24th to 26th August 2015. Read more: 

http://unma.go.ug/index.php/climate/seasonal-forecasts

On Monday afternoon, 31st August 2015 in Lakerekere village, Palabek- Gem Sub-county in Lamwo District - Northern Uganda, lightning struck and killed three people and injured two others.

In a similar incident, on the evening of Tuesday, 1st September 2015 during a light rain episode, lightning struck at a football match between Kere and Kwosir villages in Kwosir Sub-county. The match was held at Kere Primary School grounds, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. Seven people were killed, six others were injured and are admitted in hospital while a survivors’ right side of the body was paralyzed. Chemwania village was also struck with lightning, killing three residents who were on their way back home and another severely injured.

For more details: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Lightning-kills-13/-/688334/2857162/-/1q1w0pz/-/index.html

 

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