Barya’s Back Broken: Makerere Council Approves VC Search
In what now appears as the last stroke that could break Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba’s spine, Makerere University has approved the search process for a new Vice Chancellor.
The University publicist Ritah Namisango confirms that following the advice from the Solicitor General, the Council, which is the highest decision-making organ of the institution, Wednesday initiated the Search Committee in accordance with the existing law.
“The University Council has elected two representatives Bruce Balaba Kabasa and Dr. Stephen Maloba to the Search Committee. The University Senate is yet to hold a meeting to elect its representatives,” says Namisango.
“The University Council chaired by Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem has held a special meeting today in which the University Council discussed the advice from the Solicitor General on the position of the Vice Chancellor and the Deputies,” says Namisango.
On February 9, the University Council decided to seek legal advice from the Solicitor General on whether it should carry out the search process and further advice on the likely legal consequences for starting the search process or staying the process until the Universities and Other tertiary Institutions Act is amended.
In a letter dated 23rd February 2012, the Solicitor General advised the University that until when the law is amended, the applicable law is the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001.
Makerere was further instructed that the search process should be carried out leading to the appointment of the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellors under the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, the current applicable law.
A few days ago, the acting Vice Chancellor Baryamureeba rushed to Kampala High Court seeking an order that he must be appointed full chancellor of the institution which is now reeling in the murky waters of intrigue, back-stabbing and counter smear campaigns among administrations.
The new council decision implies Barya’s days as Vice Chancellor are numbered. He faces stiff competition from the head of Post Graduate Prof. Eli Katunguka.
Considering that Barya is being investigated by police for misappropriation of donor funds and a separate committee of eminent persons in Uganda over fake academic papers, observers say the council’s decision marks the start of Barya’s downfall at the University.
It’s unlikely that Barya will be considered in the new VC race amidst these serious investigations.
Despite working tooth and nail thus transforming Makerere into a Collegiate institution and a mere Institute of Computer Science into a fully-fledged College in a very short time, Barya is likely to leave the campus crestfallen.
Sources at the campus say Barya is a victim of intrigue and power hungry administrators who want his job.
He is also faulted for tightening the noose around the necks of corrupt officials who had plundered the campus.
Barya’s possible exit will be a huge blow to the institution, according to several academicians Chimpreports.com has talked to.
Nevertheless, Namisango says as the search process is ongoing, the status quo still stands.
“As such, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba is the Ag. Vice Chancellor; Professor Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza is the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri Togboa is the Ag. Deputy ViceChancellor (Finance and Administration),” she clarified.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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