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Nawangwe, Barya Lead Makerere VC Race as University Council Votes

L-R: The three candidates vying for the Makerere University Vice Chancellor position; Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Edward Kirumira and Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba during Thursday's public debate
L-R: The three candidates vying for the Makerere University Vice Chancellor position; Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Edward Kirumira and Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba during the recent public debate

Makerere University Council has voted Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as the most suited candidate for the position of Vice Chancellor.

This was during a meeting held at the University premises in Kampala on Thursday morning.

Nawangwe got 16 votes while Prof Venansius Baryamureeba came second with four votes.

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Prof Edward Kirumira who is at the helm of the School of Humanities trailed the aforementioned duo with a paltry two votes.

The Vice Chancellor Search Committee yesterday zeroed on Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as the most qualified candidate for the post of Vice Chancellor.

Makerere University Public Relations Officer, Ritah Namisango on Wednesday said the University Senate had forwarded the candidates to the University Council (the supreme governing body of the University) for appropriate action.

“The University Council is expected to send two (2) names to the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma who will eventually appoint the next Vice Chancellor of Makerere University,” said Namisango.

This means Suruma will have to decide who among Baryamureeba and Nawangwe should run the campus as the Vice Chancellor.

Before being elected Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for Finance and Administration, Nawangwe previously served as the Acting Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University.

Prior to that, he was the Dean of Faculty of Technology (2002-2009) and Head of the Department of Architecture from its inception in 1989 to 2002.

On the other hand, Prof Baryamureeba served at the same position as Vice Chancellor.

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