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Mondo Appeals for ‘Balanced Judgment’ in MAK V.C Selection Process

The former Chancellor for Makerere University Prof. Mondo Kagonyera waves to fellow academics who attended Thursday's public debate
The former Chancellor for Makerere University Prof. Mondo Kagonyera waves to fellow academics who attended Thursday's public debate

The former Chancellor of Makerere University and Member of Parliament for Rubabo County, shop Prof. Mondo Kagonyera has made an appeal to the Senate and Council, the top most organs of Makerere to select the next Vice Chancellor (V.C) based on balanced judgment.

The academic and retired politician advised against being swayed into making a decision of such significance on the basis of irrelevancies.

Mondo made the call while speaking to the press on Thursday after a debate in which the three aspirants for the Vice Chancellor seat campaigned before the public.

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The race is between Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba who formerly occupied the position, tadalafil the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Principal College of Humanities, Prof. Edward Kirumira.

Earlier, the three took part in 20 minute long presentations on their previous achievements and why they think of themselves as the best choice for the job.

Commenting on the candidate performance in the debate, which is the first of its kind in Makerere’s selection process, Mondo said; “The debate was very good, but as you know, in our country theory is one thing and practice is the other. Yet the latter is where the decision is made.”

He noted that the next Vice Chancellor must be balanced in thought, able to take everything into proper consideration and does not discriminate.

“A leader makes everybody deliver on what they are supposed to deliver and sanction those who don’t.”

To the Senate which is mandated to make recommendations to the University Council regarding the suitable candidate, Mondo said; “Senate must take everything into account, make balanced judgment based on relevant issues and factors.”

Asked what the new Vice Chancellor should prioritize in their tenure, he pointed out; improving the credibility of Makerere in the public eye and ensuring that both teachers and students learn play their role with utmost motivation.

The Chairperson of the Committee selected to conduct the search for the next Vice Chancellor, Irene Ovonji in her remarks also implored the Senate to take caution as it decides on the candidate to recommend to Council.

“Choosing who the next V.C will be will have huge implications for the university. We know Makerere has a lot of potential but it also has challenges that should be managed,” Ovonji added.

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