Uganda and Rwanda

Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin

Lecturers

LECTURERS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

Bosco Habyarimana, MA
Bosco is an assistant researcher and lecturer at the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. He lectures on conflict transformation and civic and peace education. He received his MA in peace education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. After obtaining his BEd in language teaching, he worked for two years as an English teacher and head of teaching staff. In 2006, he joined the National University of Rwanda as a tutorial assistant in the School for Foundation Language Skills, where he is in charge of teaching English to students.

Henry Kilama Komakech
Henry is a managing partner of Komakech-Kilama & Co. Advocates in Gulu, Uganda. He is pursuing a master’s degree in peace and conflict transformation studies at Gulu University. He has a postgraduate diploma in conflict management and peace studies from Gulu University and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. He also holds a bachelor’s of law degree from Makerere University and accreditation as a mediator from Regent’s College London and Cardiff Law School. He trained at Cardiff Law School in negotiations, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Kitara David Lagoro, MMed
Kitara is a lecturer at Gulu University in the Faculty of Medicine. He has a master of medicine (MMed) from Makerere University and holds a certificate in planning and management of health services from the Uganda Management Institute. He is a fellow of the Association of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa. Additionally, he holds a certificate in administrative law from the Law Development Centre and a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management from Gulu University.

Father John Felix Opio, PhD Candidate
Father Opio received an MA and a BA in philosophy from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi. He also holds a BA in theology from Urban University in Rome and a postgraduate diploma in teacher education from Makerere University. From 2004 to 08, he participated in peace and reconciliation activities in northern Uganda. He was active in the Juba peace talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan government. He served as executive director of Caritas Gulu Archdiocese and worked with a team of social workers during emergency and conflict situations. He is pursuing a PhD at Gulu University.

Paul Rutayisire, PhD
A Rwandan national, Paul holds a PhD in history from Fribourg University in Switzerland. He lectures at the National University of Rwanda and is director of the university’s Center for Conflict Management. He specializes in religion and society, conflict transformation, and genocide studies. He has published extensively on Rwandan history and has participated in crucial research projects on topics related to the post-genocide reconstruction.

Bernard Noel Rutikanga, MA
Bernard obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in contemporary African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He taught for 10 years at Dar es Salaam Teachers College before directing a Namibian and South African refugee scholarship program in Tanzania. Bernard has been teaching contemporary Rwandan history at the National University of Rwanda since 1995. He has published on reconciliation and ethnicity and served as a judge in the Gacaca courts (the traditional jurisdiction system for genocide-related crimes committed in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994). In 2000, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in Massachusetts.