Makerere University alumni petition IGG to investigate Prof Bazeyo’s shortlisting
Two former Makerere University students have petitioned the Inspectorate of Government-IG to investigate the shortlisting of Professor William Bazeyo for the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration-DVCF&A. Sam Ninsiima and Amos Weliki oppose Prof. Bazeyo’s shortlisting on grounds that he lacks credible academic qualifications.
The duo notes that whereas eligible candidates are required to possess a Ph.D. from a recognized institution, Prof. Bazeyo obtained his Ph.D. from the Hawaii based Atlantic International University, which isn’t recognized by the United State Department of Education.
The National Council for Higher Education has since backed the duo’s argument. In their petition, Ninsiima and Weliki observe that they expected the university search committee to investigate or address the matter after they brought it to their attention but none of this was done.
“On August 10, 2020, we petitioned the chairperson of the search committee but we have received no response. We expect the process to continue since there are two other candidates shortlisted who qualify. Our only demand was the search committee drops Prof. William Bazeyo since he lacks the minimum requirement. Instead, we are seeing indications that our petition has been ignored,” the petition reads in part.
They argue that the development taints the image of Makerere University thus the need for the Inspectorate of Government to investigate the matter and ensure that the search process for the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor is fair, credible, and transplant.
They also claim that there is a scheme by some members of the university management to re-advertise the job and ask the IG to stop any effort to halt the process and compel the search committee to proceed with the remaining two shortlisted candidates.
The petition comes a few days after an emergency senate meeting, which had been scheduled to sit on August 14th, 2020 to consider the search committee report was called off indefinitely without any reason given.
The office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration-DVCF&A fell vacant in 2017 when Professor Nawangwe who occupied it them was appointed Vice-Chancellor. Prof. Bazeyo took over in acting capacity before the search for a new officer bearer was initiated.
Source: Uganda Radio Network