Makerere Names Barya, Katunguka Probe Team
Makerere University Council has set up a committee of eminent persons to investigate allegations against the promotion of Dr. Venansius Baryamureeba as Professor of Computer Science and Dr. Eli Katunguka as Professor of Veterinary Medicine.
The chairperson of the Council Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem said Friday the investigators are Mbarara University Vice Chancellor Prof. Fredrick Kayanja, Busitema University Vice Chancellor Prof. Mary Okwakol and Eng. Dr Vincent Kasangaki.
The two professors who are both vying for the highly coveted Vice Chancellorship of the institution now swimming in the murky waters of power struggles, corruption and inefficiency.
On February 16, Etyem informed members of the Council that he had received a letter from Prof. Katunguka titled “Challenging the promotion of Dr Venansius Baryamureeba as Professor of Computer Science and request for the board to rescind their decision.”
Etyem further said he had received another letter dated February 9 2012 from Baryamureeba on the same subject wherein he responded to the allegations contained in the letter written by Katunguka.
On the same day, Council mandated Etyem to set up a committee of three eminent persons outside Makerere who are familiar with the campus’ procedures for appointments and promotions among other attributes including the highest level of integrity, to assess the veracity of Katunguka’s claims and also the defence raised in Baryamureeba’s claims against Katunguka’s promotion.
Commenting on the new development, Etyem said: “I considered all the factors pertaining to the internal and external environment. All the three eminent persons are well known to me.”
He added: “They are people of high integrity, people who have a name to protect, people who have served this country diligently and also who have significantly contributed to the development of higher education and other sectors as well as Uganda and beyond.”
Etyem noted that upon completion of their work, the Council is duty bound to inform all stakeholders the outcome of the investigations since Makerere is a public institution.
“All the stakeholders should be calm and allow the committee to do its work without any interference. The committee will submit its work to the University Council for a discussion aimed at reaching an informed decision.”
Makerere Publicist Ritah Namisango said: “The adhoc committee was set up on Tuesday in accordance with section 43 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 and will conduct its work within two weeks from the date of commencement.”
Should the probe committee implicate the two individuals, they could lose their professorship, an incident that could rip apart their academic credentials.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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