Makerere Vice Chancellor Search Takes New Twist


decease geneva; font-size: small;”>This follows the University Senate meeting held Tuesday in which the members resolved to conform to Section 44 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 on matters pertaining to the composition of the body.

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order geneva;”>During the meeting, it was agreed that before they elect the three representatives to the Vice Chancellor search committee, there was need to ensure that the composition of the University Senate was in conformity with the law.

“Out of the total of the 76 members who should constitute the Senate, the positions of 34 persons are not filled,” confirmed the University Publicist Ritah Namisango.

“The members of the University Senate present have therefore resolved to give the concerned personalities, schools, Institutes and relevant bodies up to Friday March 16 to elect their representatives to the University Senate as per Section 44,” she added.

The fully constituted University Senate would then meet on March 19 2012 to select the three representatives to the Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor.

In a letter dated February 23, the Solicitor General advised the University to start the search process leading to the appointment of the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellors under the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, the current applicable law.

Following the interpretation from the Solicitor General, the University Council headed by Chairperson-Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem constituted a meeting on March 7 and approved the process of initiating the Search Committee in accordance with the existing law.

The University Council, which is the supreme governing body of the University, elected two representatives to the Search Committee namely Bruce Balaba Kabasa and Dr. Stephen Maloba awaiting three other members from the University Senate.

Several top dons including Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Augustus Nuwagaba, Eli Katunguka among others have since showed interest in the highly coveted post.

Baryamureeba, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza ( Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs) and Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri -Togboa (Deputy ViceChancellor in charge of Finance and Administration) have been holding these positions in acting capacities since 2009.

The race for the Vice Chancellorship has heated up with Baryamureeba accusing Katunguka of embarking on a media smear campaign against him.

Baryamureeba is under a police investigation for reportedly swindling University funds. The Campus administration has as well appointed a committee of eminent persons to probe the Vice Chancellor for presenting doctored academic documents for Professorship.

Baryamureeba denies the allegations, saying they are his rival Katunguka’s concoctions.


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