African Academy of Sciences Treasurer Dominic Makawiti has died

Nairobi, Kenya, 21 April 2018
 
The African Academy of Sciences is deeply saddened to inform you of the death of its Treasurer Prof Dominic Makawiti who died suddenly in Nairobi, Kenya on 20 April.
 
Makawiti, who had been Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi the time of his death, had been an active Fellow of the AAS since 2013. He became Treasurer of the Academy in 2016, a role that made him a member of the  Governing Council and as ex-officio member of the Academy’s Audit and Risk Committee(ARC).
 
“On 16 April, he was at the Academy attending an ARC meeting so it is heart breaking to have lost Makawiti, who was an active and dedicated Fellow. We will remember him for the many milestones he achieved while he was Treasurer and his larger than lifer and vibrant character, which endeared him to the GC and staff at the Academy. Our deepest condolences to his wife Beatrice and family,” said AAS President Prof Felix Dapare Dakora.
 
Makawiti led the search for an Executive Director for the Academy after Prof Berhanu Abegaz’s departure in 2017.
 
He was a distinguished scientist with rich experiences in research, leadership and management including as Vice Chancellor of Maseno University in western Kenya and a Fellow and Vice Chairman of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences.
 
Condolences messages from current and former members the Governing Council
"I am truly gutted.  I didn't realise that the goodbye bear hug he gave me on Monday in Nairobi was him saying a final goodbye. He was an intelligent and witty gentleman. Kenya has lost a great son and the AAS, a standard bearer. Rest in  peace Dominic. Heartfelt condolences to his dear family.” Boitumelo Kgarebe, Vice President  for Southern Africa. 

“A dedicated, lively scientist and very inspiring and sociable. We have lost a solid human asset. May his soul rest in eternal peace.” Elly Sabiiti, Vice President for East Africa.
 
"Africa has lost one of its finest biochemists. He was the founding President of  the  Federation of African Societies of  Biochemistry and  Molecular  Biology (FASBMB).I met him during the inaugural meeting in Nairobi and succeeded  him as FASBMB President. We both served on the ICSU and AAS boards. A durable friendship developed between us and I got to know him as a kind and considerate person, who nevertheless  always stood for the truth. Soft spoken and witty, he was a true gentleman. His commitment to the development  of science  in Africa was exemplary. His sudden departure has taken us by surprise and he  will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family.
Vincent PK Titanji,  Vice President for Central Africa.
 
“It is very  shocking , sad and depressing  to  hear of the passing on of Professor Makawiti.  Africa and Kenya have lost one of their  most illustrious sons. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” Aderemi Kuku, Immediate Past President of the AAS.
 
“Dominic was such a fine person. So kind, so generous! We have lost a dear brother.  May his soul rest in peace.  My condolences to his family. I pray for that they may have the strength to pull through this difficult time.” Berhanu Abegaz, former AAS Executive Director.
 
“A sad day for all of us. A huge loss of a friend, colleague and leader. Africa was blessed with his presence as were those of us who were privileged to work closely with him.  He always looked for solutions, remained optimistic and steadfast and was truly inspiring. 
My deepest condolences to his family.  May they have lots of strength and courage during this period of acute grief. May his soul rest in peace.” Quarraisha Abdool Karim, former Vice President  for Southern Africa.          
 
“I feel so sad. The last time I interacted with him was so inspiringly funny and insightful but now he is no more! What a loss to our community and to his family.” Colleen Masimirembwa, Regional Representative for Southern Africa.
  
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Audit and Risk Committee
 
The ARC is a seven-member committee comprising independent non executive members, the AAS Treasurer and Executive Director, who review the Academy’s financial accounts.
 
Enquiries 
 
Africa Academy of Sciences
Deborah-Fay Ndlovu
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