The History department is among the first departments that were established at Kyambogo University. It acquired its present status in 1993 upon approval of the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo (ITEK) statute. It was formally established to teach Bachelor of Education (BED) degree programmes of Makerere University up to 2003 when it was incorporated into the newly established Kyambogo University which was as a result of the merger of the three former institutions of Institute of teacher education-Kyambogo (ITEK), Uganda Polytechnic-Kyambogo (UPK) and Uganda National Institute for Special Needs Education (UNISE). It then started teaching degree programmes at Kyambogo University. The Department is made up of two sections; History and Political Science. Currently runs a PhD in Public Policy and Governance, Master of Arts (History), Master of Public Administration and Resource Governance, Bachelor of Public Administration and Resource Governance, Bachelor of Archaeology and Heritage Management. The Department services four programmes namely Bachelor of Arts with Education (BA/ED), Bachelor of Arts in Arts (BAA/A), Bachelor of Education (BED), Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS).


The primary aims of the department are:

  1. To equip learners with adequate content and skills for historical analysis
  2. To develop interest in historical research and the use of a variety of source materials.
  3. To assist learners to acquire appropriate methods and techniques of teaching the subject at all levels.
  4. To help learners examine and appreciate national and international issues.
  5. To improve learners’ skills in a rational and logical discussion of ideas.
  6. To make learners develop the desire for continuous self-development through self-motivated learning.


Since its establishment to date it has been headed by the following:

  1. Robert Ojambo (PhD) 2019 to date
  2. James Wilson Magezi                     2014 -2019
  3. Jonnmary Kanyamurwa                  2012-2014
  4. James Wilson Magezi                     2010 – 2012
  5. Cyprian Ben Adupa                          2009 – 2010
  6. Nathan Sewanyana Senkomago      2001-2009
  7. Prof. Kiyaga Mulindwa (RIP)     1997-2001
  8. Cyprian Ben Adupa                        1994 -1997
  9. Ms Filda Lanyero Ojok                          1993-1994


.OJAMBO Robert (PhD)

Robert Ojambo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of History and Political Science. He holds a PhD Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also studied at Kyambogo University and Makerere University, Kampala Uganda where he obtained a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree respectively. He has been teaching at the University level for a period of 20years.  Ojambo is a recipient of the Next Generation Social Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellow 2014, African Humanities Program Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2012 and Next Generation Social Sciences Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship 2011 Fellow.  His research and writing cover topics in Economic History, Land, Conflict, Democracy and Higher Education. He is currently also represented Academic Staff in the Kyambogo University Council.

Current Research

  1. Robert Ojambo is a 2020 African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship from the African Humanities Program (AHP), with support from the American Council of Learned Society, working on a book.
  2. He is also a winner of Kyambogo University Competitive Research Grant to carry out a Research on “The Land Conflicts in Kyangwali and Kirwandongo Refugee Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-region in Western Uganda”, 2019


  1. Robert Ojambo, “Building a Plane While Flying it”; The Crisis of Professoriate Academics in Ugandan Universities: 1980-2016, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 24, Issue 6, (June 2019), pp.70-88
  2. Robert Ojambo, “The State versus the People: Socio-political Conflicts over Land Tenure Rights in Mt. Elgon National Park in Eastern Uganda”, The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, Vol.6, Issue3, March 2018
  3. Robert Ojambo, The Land Conflict between the Urban Poor and Capitalist Investors in the Peri-Urban Areas of Kasokoso and Kiganda: A New Form of Land Grabbing in Uganda”, Journal of Popular Education in Africa, (JOPEA), Vol.1, No.1, October 2017
  4. Robert Ojambo, “Arab Springs and the ‘Walk-to-Work’ protests in Uganda: More than just Protests but a Contest for Political Space and Freedom.”, African Journal of Education, Science and Technology, Vol.3, No.1, Jan 2016
  5. Scovia Magara and Robert Ojambo, Evolution of Societies in Uganda: Uganda from the Earliest Time to the Colonial Period, Saarbruken, LAP, 2012.
  6. Robert Ojambo, Challenges to the Democratisation Process in Uganda: The Constitutional Challenges to Democracy in Uganda 1962-1995; A Dilemma of a Post- Colonial African State, Saarbruken, LAP, 2012.


Tel: +256 77 2 613766 and +256 75 5 764011


MAGEZI James Wilson (PhD)

James Magezi is a Senior Lecturer at the Department. He holds a PhD of Kenyatta University in Kenya. He also obtained a Master of Arts (History), PGDE and Bachelor of Arts from Makerere University Kampala. Dr. Magezi is the immediate former Head of this Department; a position he held for 7 years. His areas of Research are Land and Conflict, Political History of Bunyoro and Ethnic Conflict in Uganda.

AMONE Charles (PhD)

Dr. Charles Amone is an Associate Professor of History. He holds a Ph. D in History of Makerere University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar of the University of Millersville in Pennsylvania, USA, a former Fellow of the Institute of Languages and Communication of the University of Southern Denmark, former Fellow of the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and former Fellow of the Global Health Institute, Belgium. Dr. Amone specialises in cultural and ethnic studies in which he has over thirty publications. He can be contacted on P. O. Box 1, Kyambogo-Uganda. E-mail: and telephone: +256772 462 901

KYAZIKE Elizabeth (PhD)

Elizabeth Kyazike is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History. She earned a PhD of the University of Dar es Salaam where specialized in Archaeology. She is currently the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

ADUPA Cyprian Ben (PhD)

C.B. Adupa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History. He holds a PhD degree from Indiana University, USA.

KAKUBA Sultan (PhD)

Position:                                  Senior Lecturer

Department:                            History and Political Science

Contact:                                  +256701968753 (email: or

Dr Sultan Juma Kakuba is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kyambogo University. He earned his PhD (Political Science) from International Islamic University Malaysia, obtained M.Sc. Political Science from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Teaching at Higher Education and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science/Economics) from Islamic University in Uganda. He has been teaching at University level for a period of fourteen years in various countries. He taught at International Islamic University Malaysia, Islamic University in Uganda and Busitema University, He has contributed many articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited books. He has won research grants from different funding organisations both local and international that is Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY) from Denmark, Center for Conflict and Development (ConDev) from USA and Kyambogo University in which he has participated as Principal Investigator (PI). In addition, he won Postdoc Award grant 2020-2021 from ISDB

NABUKERA Madinah (PhD)

Nabukeera Madinah hold a Ph.D in Public Administration (University Malaya), Masters in Public Administration -Local Government (IUIU), Postgraduate Diploma in Education management -PGDMATHE (IUIU), Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (IIUM), Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning (UTM) and Bachelors’ of Public Administration (IUIU) . A lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Department of History & Political Science Kyambogo University (KyU). 
She has vast experience in teaching at the university level.  Areas of expertise are;    leadership,    governance, administrative management and public policy.


Daniel Ndawuala is a lecturer in the Department of History. He is currently working on his Doctoral Dissertation at Makerere University Kampala.


Scovia Magara is a Lecturer in the Section of Political Science. Holds an MA, BA and PGDE from Makerere University. Her areas of interest include Public Policy Analysis, Women and Conflict Resolution and Human resource management.


John Mary Kanyamurwa is currently a Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Science at Kyambogo University where he teaches Political Science. A former Head of the Department, Kanyamurwa’s research interests lie in political parties and elections management, globalization and the public sector, governance mechanisms, civil society, decentralization, food and nutrition policy, security and administrative responses to organized terror. Much of Kanyamurwa’s recent research also focuses on political accountability, governance of health systems and health equity as well as citizen competence. In this respect, the scholar has recently published book chapter contributions including on Globalization, National Politics and Youth Unemployment in Uganda (2016), Assessment of Policy and Institutional Approaches to International Terrorism in Uganda (2016), Politics of Natural Resources Management and Accountable Systems in the Delivery of Water Services in Uganda (2015), and Differential returns from globalization to women smallholder coffee and food producers in rural Uganda (2013). Kanyamurwa is currently working on the viability of IGAD’s mediatory intervention in South Sudan Security.

KADDU Ronald

Works as an Assistant Lecturer in the Section of Political Science, Department of History.

NAKAKUTA Salma Kambugu

Ms. Nakakuta is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History.


Naukenya is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Science, Kyambogo University. She is currently a PhD Fulbright scholar in History Program at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in history and B. A with Education Degree of Makerere University in Uganda. My research interests focus on how legal, constitutional ideas and institutions evolved in Uganda. Currently working on my Ph.D. dissertation research project, Pursuing Justice and Rights: The High Court and Uganda’s Legal History, ca. 1900-1989 This research project aims to uncover the legal history of colonially-instituted courts and Law- specifically how ordinary Ugandans interacted with and experienced the modern justice system from the highest judicial levels.


Jepkemboi is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History at Kyambogo University where she has taught various undergraduate courses in History. She holds a master’s degree in History from Kyambogo University and a Bachelor of Arts with Education degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)-Nairobi.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate at Makerere University pursuing a Ph.D. in History. Her research interest lies in the Social and Economic history in Africa with a focus on land, labour, food security and gender issues. Anne is a 2018-2019 SSRC-Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellow.

OKWARE John Baptist

Mr. Okware is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History.


Tabaro is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History and Political science at Kyambogo University.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in public administration and management (MAPAM) from Makerere University and a Bachelor degree in Social sciences (Political science) from the same Institution. His areas of interest are Decentralization and politics of new administrative unit proliferation, electoral politics and governance, public policy and politics of the budget and financial management. His latest publications touch the subject of new districts creation and social service delivery in Uganda. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

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