Date of Birth: 3rd November 1950
Date of Death: 19th September 2023
He was born on November 3rd 1950, in Uganda. From an early age, he exhibited a thirst for knowledge and a passion for making a difference. His educational journey paved the way for his illustrious career, which would later become a beacon of inspiration for many.
in 1972, Hubert embarked on his academic journey at Makerere University, where he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. This marked the beginning of his quest to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute significantly to his field and his nation.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Hubert set his sights on further academic excellence.
In 1989/90, he crossed continents to the United Kingdom, where he attended Loughborough University of Technology. there, he pursued a Master of Science in Engineering, adding a layer of expertise to his ever-growing repertoire.
As of the present moment, he had successfully finished writing his doctoral thesis as part of his pursuit of a PhD in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom. His unwavering dedication to both personal development and ongoing education will forever serve as a central theme in the valuable lessons he imparted to us.
Membership in Professional Bodies
Hubert’s commitment to excellence extended beyond the classroom. He recognized the importance of continuous professional development and actively engaged with various esteemed professional organizations. Among his notable affiliations were:
- Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers – UK: Hubert’s standing as a Fellow in this prestigious institution bore testimony to his mastery of civil engineering principles and practices.
- Registered Engineer in Uganda: His registration as an engineer in Uganda highlighted his dedication to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in his home country.
- Member Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers: His membership in this institution demonstrated his commitment to contributing to the growth and development of the engineering profession in Uganda.
- Member Association for Project Managers – UK: Hubert recognized the importance of effective project management and was a member of this association, aligning himself with global best practices in project management.
- Member Institution of Highway and Transportation – UK: His affiliation with this institution underscored his expertise in highway and transportation engineering.
- Member Project Management and Institute (USA): Hubert’s international reach extended to the United States, where he was a member of the Project Management Institute, emphasizing his global perspective on project management.
These memberships were more than accolades on his resume; they represented his unwavering commitment to staying at the forefront of his profession and collaborating with experts on a global scale.
A Distinguished Career in Public Service and Project Management.
Public Service Years (1976 – 1998)
From the inception of his career, Hubert Robert Kibuuka exhibited a profound dedication to the service of his nation. For over two decades, from 1976 to 1998, he served as a Public Officer in the Uganda Government. During this period, he ascended to the esteemed position of Permanent Secretary/ Engineer-in-Chief in the Ministry of Works, Transport &Communications (MOW&TC). His contributions during these years laid the foundation for Uganda’s transformation in the realm of infrastructure and transportation.
Conceptualization and Formulation of New Initiatives: Hubert played a pivotal role in the conceptualization, formulation, and development of new investment initiatives in the Highways and Transportation sector, both within Uganda and the broader East African region. His visionary leadership set the stage for transformative projects that would benefit countless communities.
Road Maintenance Policy and Reorganization: Under his leadership, Hubert formulated new road maintenance policies and spearheaded the reorganization of the road network administration and financing. This endeavor aimed to optimize the efficiency and sustainability of Uganda’s road infrastructure.
Highway Engineering Design and Construction: Hubert’s influence extended to highway engineering design and construction, where his expertise and commitment to quality were instrumental in shaping the nation’s transportation landscape.
Project Cycle Management: His role encompassed every phase of project cycle management, from project formulation and planning to appraisal, design, procurement, and construction. Hubert’s meticulous approach ensured the successful execution of projects of varying complexity.
Construction Claims Management: As a seasoned professional, Hubert specialized in construction claims management-a crucial aspect of project execution. His expertise in this area ensured that disputes were resolved efficiently and fairly.
Projects Performance Reviews and Evaluation: Hubert’s commitment to excellence was reflected in his dedication to projects’ performance reviews and evaluation. This ongoing process of assessment helped optimize project outcomes and ensured that resources were used effectively.
Training of Graduate Engineers: Beyond his administrative and managerial roles, Hubert made significant contributions to education and capacity building. He was actively involved in the training of graduate civil engineers, nurturing the next generation of professionals. Additionally, he provided industrial training opportunities to students from universities and technical colleges, reinforcing his commitment to mentorship and skill development.
These years of dedicated public service established Hubert Robert Kibuuka as a visionary leader, capable of effecting meaningful change and transformation on a national scale.
Project Management and Engineering Consultancy (1998 – 2021)
After his illustrious tenure in public service, Hubert Robert Kibuuka transitioned into the realm of project management and engineering consultancy. As the Managing/Technical Director and Principal of Project Management and Engineering (PROME) Consultants Ltd., Hubert continued to make significant contributions to infrastructure development and project management.
Construction Claims Management and Evaluation Expert: Hubert’s expertise in construction claims management and evaluation was invaluable to numerous government and multilaterally funded infrastructure projects in the civil and highways transportation sectors. His meticulous approach ensured that disputes were resolved efficiently, minimizing disruptions to project timelines.
Project Director and Team Leader: Throughout his consultancy career, Hubert assumed key roles as Project Director and Team Leader, where his visionary leadership and strategic insights guided the successful execution of projects. His ability to lead teams and foster collaboration was a hallmark of his approach to project management.
Peer Reviewer: Hubert’s contributions extended to peer review processes, where he provided critical insights and assessments of project plans and implementations. His reviews were instrumental in ensuring the quality and efficiency of various initiatives.
Development of Uganda’s Local Construction Industry: Hubert remained committed to the growth and development of Uganda’s local construction industry. His consultancy firm, PROME Consultants Ltd., played a significant role in this endeavor by providing employment opportunities to numerous graduate civil engineers. Furthermore, Hubert’s commitment to industrial training for students from universities and technical colleges continued, reinforcing his dedication to nurturing the next generation of professionals.
Notable Consultancy Projects
Throughout his consultancy career, Hubert Robert Kibuuka was involved in a multitude of critical infrastructure projects. Some of the standout projects include:
- Consultancy Services for Engineering Designs, ESIA, RAP, and Tender Assistance for Urban Infrastructure Investment in Program Municipalities:
- Detailed Engineering Design of Luku-Kalangala-Mulabana Road (65.6km c. Design Review and Construction Supervision of Emergency Replacement of Birara, Ntungwe, and Mitaano Bridges:
- Upgrading from Gravel to Paved Standards of Gulu-Acholibur Road (77.7km):
- Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering Design for Upgrading of Kaabong-Sudan Border Road:
Other Experiences and Achievements
Beyond his consultancy work, Hubert Robert Kibuuka’s career journey encompassed arrange of roles and achievements:
Engineer-in-Chief and Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Works, Transport, and Communications (1991 – 1998: Hubert held the prestigious position of Engineer-in-Chief and Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Works, Transport, and Communications (MOWTC). In this role, he served as the Constitutional Chief Executive and the Accounting Offer of MOWTC, responsible for the overall administration of the ministry and the management of the Transport and Communications sector.
Project Management of Major Initiatives: Hubert was at the helm of the development and implementation of large-scale projects, covering a spectrum of activities, from project identification through planning, appraisal, design, procurement, construction, and maintenance. Notable projects during his tenure included the US$ 1.5 billion Uganda 10-year Road Section Development Programme (RSDP), the 4-Year Main Road Maintenance program, and the IDA co-financed Transport Rehabilitation Project, among others.
Highway Rehabilitation and Bridge Projects: Hubert’s role extended to overseeing major highway rehabilitation and bridge projects. The DIA co- financed Transport Rehabilitation Project, for instance, involved extensive road maintenance, rehabilitation, and improvement projects, while the KFW financed Bridge Rehabilitation Project focused on the revitalization of 54 major bridges.
Northern Uganda Re-construction Project-Highway Component: Hubert played a pivotal role in the Northern Uganda Re-construction Project, covering the re-construction of 93 kilometers of paved roads and approximately 250 kilometers of gravel roads. This initiative contributed to the region’s recovery and development.
Entebbe International Airport Projects: Hubert’s involvement extended to critical projects at Entebbe International Airport. He oversaw the US$26 million Entebbe International Airport Airside Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, as well as the rehabilitation of the airport’s terminal building, an undertaking costing US$25 million.
Construction of Extelcoms Building: In addition to infrastructure projects, Hubert played a role in urban development, overseeing the completion of the 12-floor Extelcoms Building in Kampala City, with a cost of US$12 million.
Devotion to the Buganda Kingdom
Hubert devoted his life to the advancement of Buganda, tirelessly working to elevate it to greater heights. He held various positions within the Buganda government, including the role of Minister of Economic Development. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in establishing and founding several key institutions and organizations within the Buganda government, such as CBS, Kyosiga Cooperative Society, and numerous departmental agencies. His commitment to the betterment of Buganda was unwavering and will be greatly missed.
Owek. Hubert Robert Kibuuka hailed from a family of eight, comprising Mr. Kiyingi Louis, Mr. Stephen Serunkuuma, Madam Gida Namitala, Margaret Naluwu, Charles Ssekanoni, Mr. Jane Mukalazi, and Justine Sabina Nakatudde.
He is survived by four children: Stella Kibuuka, Cyrus Kibuuka, Ronnie Kibuuka, and Jean Kibuuka. He is also blessed with two daughters-in-law, Esther Kibuuka and Diana Ninsima Kibuuka, and seven grandchildren: Karl Mugalasi, Jake Kasirye, Lucas Kibuuka, Lionel Kibuuka, Robert Kibuuka, Warren Kibuuka, and Rose Kibuuka.
Life well lived
Hubert Robert Kibuuka’s life journey was marked by an unwavering commitment to the betterment of Uganda’s infrastructure, transportation, and engineering sectors. His dedication to public service, combined with his visionary leadership and expertise, left an indelible mark on the nation’s development landscape. in transitioning to project management and engineering consultancy, Hubert continued to contribute significantly to infrastructure development, mentorship, and the growth of the local construction industry.
As we reflect on the life and achievements of Hubert Robert Kibuuka, we are reminded that his legacy extends far beyond the projects he spearheaded. His commitment to nurturing the next generation of engineers and his unwavering pursuit of excellence serve as a source of inspiration for all. in honoring his memory today, we acknowledge the profound impact he had on the lives of many and the enduring legacy he leaves behind.
Hubert Robert Kibuuka’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of dedication, innovation, and a deep-seated commitment to the betterment of society. His contributions will continue to influence and inspire future generations of engineers, project managers, and public servants, ensuring that his legacy lives on.
Omugenzi wa kuzikibwa e’ Nabitalo, Kiwenda ku Lw’okutano nga 22.09.2023 saawa Munaana (02:00pm) ez’emisana, bajja kutandika nokusaba ku saawa Nnya (10:00am) ez’okumakya.
Babikidde: Ab’oluganda, abako, n’ab’emikwano.
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