Wana-Etyem told press Tuesday the search process would not be compromised by anyone including Prof. Baryamureeba as alleged by other contestants.
The council dispelled rumours that submission of the search committee report would be made to Prof. Baryamureeba.
“Baryamureeba will not intervene in the process outside the law and any one aggrieved is free to seek redress from competent authority,” said Wana-Etyem.
Drama rocked Makerere on Monday when six out of seven Vice Chancellorship candidates stormed out of the Council Room where they were set to give presentations to the search committee.
Led by Dr Edward Kirumira, the candidates said they wanted Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba to first step down as head of the Senate.
They argued that as the Senate boss, Baryamureeba will have a chance to scrutinize the report from the Search Committee on the presentations made by candidates, arguing such a process would be flawed and unfair.
“Baryamureeba chairs the Senate committee that will receive and examine the report from the search committee. You can not be a candidate and at the same time a member of a body that will decide the outcome of the process,” said Dr Kirumira.
“Baryamureeba must first step aside till the end of the search process,” said Kirumira.
Other reasons given included inadequate time to prepare presentations.
They further asked Baryamureeba to step down as acting Vice Chancellor immediately and search committee publishes a clear time table of the entire search process immediately.
The Professors also requested that henceforth all official communication to the candidates as well as Senate and council regarding the search should be formally made and in good time.
Wana-Etyem said the chairperson and members of the search committee responded to the concerned candidates’ letter, advising them to return and make presentations as their grounds lacked merit.
“They still went ahead to repeat their demands and did not show up for the public presentation. Surprisingly, when the search committee had given a statement on the situation and informed the public that the search process would continue in accordance with the law and set guidelines, all the six candidates went in the University Main Hall and held a press conference,” said Wana-Etyem.
He clarified that the search committee will continue to do its work for which it will report to Senate at an appropriate time.
Senate will in turn submit its recommendation to the Council as when it is ready.
Ugandans on social networks blamed the likes of Kirumira for fearing to take on Baryamureeba given his huge achievements at the University in a short period of time.