In an appointment instrument dated June 10, “Prof. Henk G. Sol by the virtue of the authority entrusted to him as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of UTAMU appointed Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka the Chancellor of UTAMU for a period of four years with effect from June 10, 2013.”
Kalonzo will now be the titular head of the University and as such shall preside at all ceremonies of the University and in the name of UTAMU, confer degrees and other academic titles and distinctions of Uganda.
The Kenyan politician will also be mandated to appoint the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellors of the new University on terms and conditions set by the University Council; and promote the (image of the) University regionally and internationally.
In his formal acceptance message to serve as Founding Chancellor of UTAMU, Kalonzo said: “I am well aware of the challenges that come with this position. I feel confident that we can make significant contribution to this University and I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me.”
According to UTAMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, in arriving at the most suitable Founding Chancellor for UTAMU, the Board of Trustees was guided by the university policy that requires one to among other things command respect and recognition among the national and international academic communities.
“He should also be ambitious, inspirational, and optimistic; with unquestioned integrity as a sine qua non and skilled in diplomacy and multi-tasking and who can communicate the vision of the university and promote it in all ceremonies of the University and at other ceremonies and functions where the Chancellor shall be present,” said Baryamureeba on Saturday morning.
Who is Kalonzo?
He served as Vice President and Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of Kenya during President Kibaki’s second term for the period 2008-2013.
Previously he held the following ministerial positions in the Republic of Kenya: Minister for Environment and Natural Resources (2004-2005); Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2003-2004); Minister for Tourism and Information (2001-2002); Minister for Education and Human Resource Development (1998-2001); Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Relations (1993-1998); and Assistant Minister for Works, Housing and Physical Planning (1986-1988).
Hon. Dr. Kalonzo Musyoka also served as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Kenya for the period 1988 – 1992 and also as an elected Member of Parliament for Mwingi North Constituency, Kenya for the period 1986-2013.
He has also held several political party positions including Party Leader of Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya (ODM-K) Party (2007-2013) and Organizing Secretary, Kenya African National Union (KANU) for the period 1988-2002.