Nyanzi Allegations on Prof. Mamdani Over MISR Baseless – Report

Dr Stella Nyanzi

The committee set up to investigate and review the management of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) has released findings of the investigation that kicked off in April.

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, buy information pills a research fellow at MISR stripped naked, page protesting what she termed as dictatorship by her boss also the Executive Director of MISR, Prof. Mahmood Mamdani whom she accused of mismanaging the research facility.

A committee was set up by the appointments board of the university to among others, review the management of the PhD program, review how research is managed and how research fellows relate to the PhD program, as well as the   disagreement between Prof. Mamdani and Dr. Nyanzi.

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Addressing journalists on Tuesday afternoon, the Chairperson Makerere University Appointments Committee Mr. Bruce Kabaasa revealed that the PhD program was found to be well managed contrary, to allegations by Dr. Nyanzi who had accused Prof. Mamdani of hijacking the program.

“We noted according to the report that contrary to the allegations that had been put forward, the PhD program is on course and being managed in the best standards possible in context of other PhD and Masters Programs,” Mr.Kabaasa said.

“These allegations seemed to want to tear apart   the academic success of Makerere Institute of Social Research.”

The Makerere University   Appointments Committee chairman said the program does not belong to Prof. Mamdani as had been highlighted by Dr. Nyanzi, but the  entire university and Uganda at large.

The committee made specific recommendations among which included reviewing the structure at MISR to make sure the PhD program is more embedded into the institution than it is now.

“”The committee also recommended  that the academic staff at MISR  be required  to devote 50% of their time to teaching  and 50% of their time to research .All  research fellows  at MISR  will be required to participate in the PhD program,” he said.

In her arguments, Dr. Nyanzi said she had been hired as research fellow and could not be forced to teach by Prof. Mamdani.

Nyanzi’s fate

Tasked to explain the fate of Dr. Stella Nyanzi, Mr. Kabaasa said that the research fellow is still an employee of Makerere University. He revealed however that a number of recommendations have been fronted regarding her employment that will be dealt with by the university.

“As you may know the university is an institution and there are mechanisms put in place legally by the institution .She has been invited to appear before the appointments board on Friday to conclude the matter relating to her employment,” Mr. Kabaasa said.

He said the board will also have an interface with Prof. Mamdani to discuss how to move forward in regard to his employment adding the professor has a running contract and is not illegally at the university.

“Management is committed to ensuring the success of the PhD program and will avail all the necessary resources to ensure its success and sustainability,” he added.



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