Makerere Now Moves To Deputy Vice Chancellor Race
Makerere University has decided to move forward with candidates shortlisted for the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) expected to make public presentations on Tuesday.
According to Euzobia Mugisha Baine, Chairperson of the Search Committee for the position of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, the function is will take place at the Main Hall, Main Building starting 9:00am.
Top dons shortlisted for the position include Dr. Peter Kakubeire Baguma, Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, Dr. Abasi Kiyimba and Prof. Lillian Winifred Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza.
The development comes at a time when the Vice Chancellor race has hit a snag after some candidates asked Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba to first step down.
While the search committee and the University Council noted that Baryamureeba was not mandated to first resign, sources at the University say the protesting candidates have been informed to prepare their presentations as they would be called early next month.
“Baryamureeba’s rivals have been given another chance. They have been told to stop feeling sweet and turn up for the presentation lest Baryamureeba will sail through unopposed,” said a highly placed source at the University.
Drama rocked Makerere a fortnight ago 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.
However, Makerere Council boss Dr 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.
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.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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