How Catholic Bloc Rallied For Prof. Ddumba’s Rise To Vice Chancellorship

no rx geneva; font-size: small;”>Sources in government say Ddumba’s rise to the second top job at the institution follows a serious clandestine campaign by the Catholic fraternity in the country.

Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala and the Archbishop of Gulu diocese Bishop John Baptist Odama reportedly urged President Yoweri Museveni to prevail over Kagonyera to have Ddumba at the helm of the University.

Armed with Ddumba’s remarkable academic achievements and vast connections in the international community that would pull resources to develop the University, Bishops reportedly told Museveni at his upcountry home last week to ensure the 59-year-old professor takes over as the Vice Chancellor.

The Bishops reportedly promised to support Ddumba to tap into the Catholics’ vast resource basket to develop the quality of education and structures at Makerere University.

A few days later, Kagonyera consulted the President on who he should name for the hotly contested job.

Museveni then gave Kagonyera a nod to appoint Ddumba for the position.

Prof. Ddumba doubles as the chairman board of directors at the powerful Centenary Bank.

Makerere University publicist Ritah Namisango says the appointment is effective September 1, 2012.

As per the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, the Vice Chancellor serves for a period of five years.

Professor Ddumba, who started as a Teaching Assistant, rose through the academic ranks to become a Professor.

He served as Dean, Faculty of Economics prior to his appointment as Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences.

As a Vice Chancellor, Ddumba will be responsible for the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the University.

Earlier, Makerere University Council-the supreme governing body of the University- recommended two candidates for the position of the Vice Chancellor to Kagonyera.

They included Ddumba and Associate Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.

The election of Ddumba marks the end of a fierce battle among professors for the job and also dashes Nawangwe’s hopes of leading the institution.


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