A total of 8 retired officers of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development have been accorded a warm and affectionate send off.
This was at the end of year party held on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at the Nomo gallery in Kampala.
The officers including Assistant Commissioner Children Affairs, James Sembatya Kabogoza, were celebrated for offering dedicated service in achieving the ministry’s mandate.
Kabogoza retired on July 3, 2017 after 36 years of serving in different capacities.
The former commissioner joined the ministry in 1981 as a probation and welfare officer and was promoted to the positions of Senior Probation and Welfare Officer, Principal Youth Officer and finally the position in which he retired of Assistant Commissioner Children Affairs.
Other officers were the Principal Women in Development Officer, Cornelius Kagolo Magara, who retired after 21 years and Freddie Mubiru, an officer supervisor who has served since 1977.
Stephen Kabaseke, a security personnel, Gertrude Bonaboona, a cook, John Mugisha, a guardian, John Dhikusoka, a workshop attendant and Aisha Nakalema, a cook were all praised and wished a happy and healthy post retirement life.
The Minister of Gender, labour and Social Development Janat Mukwaya, who presided over the event, urged the retirees to maintain an active lifestyle and use their experience to spur socioeconomic development in their areas.
She commended the Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana for attracting increased funding to the ministry which she said was once labelled a “dead ministry”.
“Previously we would struggle to have fuel and funds for monitoring exercises. The situation has since changed with the coming of Bigirimana. I want to congratulate him on this” Mukwaya noted to a loud applause from the staff members.