The Department of Botany started in 1965 with two members of academic staff,
Prof. Brian Harris who was also the head of department; and Dr. Allison McCusker.
Other staff included: one laboratory assistant, Mr. Bernard A.O Mponda; and one
secretary, Ms. Frida Kaanani. Initially, the department was housed in the Faculty of
Arts Building (the current College of Social Sciences). In November 1965, Mr. Leonard
B. Mwasumbi and Mr. Jerry G. Magehema were employed as technicians. In 1967,
Dr. Felix Nyahoza and Dr. Kasembe joined the department as lecturers; increasing the
number of academic staff from two to four. In the same year, the department moved
from the Faculty of Arts Building to Zoology and Wildlife Conservation Building where
members were accommodated on the ground floor. The Botany Department Building
was constructed between 1965 and 1969. The department moved from Zoology to
Botany Building in July 1969.