Makerere staff protest search for Prof. Nawangwe’s deputy during lockdown

Makerere University staff have protested the search for the deputy vice chancellor finance and administration during the ongoing lockdown and closure of all institution of learning.

According to Makerere University academic staff association (MUASA) chairperson Mr Deus Kamunyu, initiating this process during the lockdown is a disadvantage  to some of the staff who may be interested in the position but unable to move around most, especially those in districts bordering other countries.

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According to reports, the staff are also protesting the manner under which the search committee was selected, accusing the vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe for peddling in the exercise much as he is the chairperson of the senate.

High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana directed the University to conduct a fresh search for the position after nullifying the appointment of Prof William Bazeyo on account that he was recruited irregularly  and declared the post vacant.

The court’s decision stemmed from an application filed last year by Mr. Anthony Mugisha, a Professor of Veterinary Sciences and Socio-Economics in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Biosecurity (CoVAB) against the institution.

However, in a twist of events, Professor Bazeyo was reappointed in an acting capacity by the university’s chancellor, Professor Ezra Suruma, a position he is currently occupying

Meanwhile, Prof Nawangwe says that the staff are confused because the new and old Search Committees were appointed by Senate not by himself as being alleged.

In related news, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe recently proposed the establishment of a third Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) position meant to coordinate research activities at the Ivory Tower. The third position will complement the already existing DVC for Acedimcs and DVC for Finance & Administration.

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This new DVC office will be created and operationalized as part of the broader efforts to transform Makerere into a research-intensive academic institution.