Makerere Senate Delays Vice Chancellor Search


case geneva; font-size: small;”>Last week, erectile Ugandan media was awash with the news of a 26-year-old girl (Justine Nalugya) who is believed to have committed suicide by jumping from one of Uganda’s tallest building (Workers House).

Justine completed her studies from Makerere University in 2007. Since then she has not been gainfully employed. Justine briefly worked at her uncle’s up-country (Mbarara) bakery as an accountant.

The question on everyone’s mind is: Why did she choose to commit suicide? Relatives think she was disgusted with her life, which might have inspired her to go for the worst.

I know there are many people like her who are disgusted with what life has thrown at them. There are people who even have jobs but are so depressed with the working conditions and find no meaning in their duties.


Unlike many who think the frustration of not having a job inspired Justine to commit suicide, I think lack of purpose in life forced her to give up on life.

Edward Diener, a psychologist who researches subjective wellbeing in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA) says: “One of the vital ingredients for happiness is having a meaning in life”.

Unfortunately, many people don’t live a life inspired by purpose because they don’t ask themselves, “What is my purpose in life?” We have streamlined our brains to believe a life worth living is a life of plenty.

Therefore only well paying jobs meet our goals in life. What if we find meaning in teaching at nursery schools? What if helping the sick and destitute is what brings us meaning? These careers may not make you rich but happier because it has meaning in your life.

May be if Justine had looked at working at the bakery as serving the hungry, she would still be alive and happy.

As we choose our careers, let’s be inspired by a sense of inner purpose and fulfillment. It is not the activity in our lives that defines our feeling of purpose but our perspective.

If you feel you are following a calling, you will be happier and generate greater satisfaction. If you are not in the job you love, love the job you are in and find meaning in it. The Chinese have a saying: “If heaven made him, the earth can find some use for him.”

Your life is just a printout of your thoughts, so never give it up.

The author is a Ugandan motivational speaker based in San Diego-USA


ed geneva; font-size: small;”>Witnesses told French media that one adult and two children were among the dead.

They said a man opened fire on people waiting at a school drop-off point and then fled on a motorbike.

It comes days after three soldiers were shot dead by a man on a motorbike in the same part of France.

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>This implies the search will take longer than expected.

information pills geneva;”>The next Senate meeting has been scheduled for Thursday starting 2:00pm, story according to the University’s publicist Ritah Namisango.

“However, the respective Schools and Units have until today 19th March 2012 to forward the names of their respective representatives,” she notes.

The search for Makerere University Vice Chancellor was last week temporarily blocked to allow the formation of the new campus Senate.

This followed the University Senate meeting held on March 13 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.

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,” Namisango told news desk last week.

She added: “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.”

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 were concocted by his rival Katunguka.


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