Makerere University Senate has elected its three representatives to the Search Committee to find the institution’s substantive vice chancellor and his two deputies.

Senate members interested in the position were advised not to participate in the meeting chaired by Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa, the principal of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The five-member committee comprises Dr Okello Ogwang, Dr Pamela Mbabazi and Dr Steven Nyanzi from the Senate. Others are Dr Stephen Maloba and Mr Bruce Balaba Kabasa from the University Council.

While the law provides that a vice chancellor chairs all senate meetings, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the acting VC, on Thursday stepped out to allow a free election after he expressed interest in applying for the position.

Dr Maloba will head the committee which will start its work after the University Council has approved its guidelines on April 13 and 14. The committee will then be given two months from the date of approval to complete its work.

Two other five-member committees were created and five people elected to find candidates suitable for the positions of deputy VC in-charge of academic affairs and finance.
The committee for academic affairs includes Dr Josephine Nabukenya, Prof. George Lubega, Dr John Mango, Dr Euzobia Baine Mugisha and Dr Julius Kiiza.

The finance committee compries Dr A.B. Rukooko, Dr. Umar Kakumba, Prof J.Y.T Mugisha, Dr Jessica Aguti and Dr Consolata Kabonesa. Ms Ritah Namisango, the university spokesperson, said the status quo will prevail with Prof. Baryamureeba as the acting VC and his deputies Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza (Academic Affairs) and Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa (Finance and Administration).

Makerere University Business School (Mubs), an affiliate institution to the 90-year old university, has endorsed Prof. Baryamureeba’s candidature for VC.

Professors Augustus Nuwagaba and Eli Rwakishayi Katunguka have shown interest in the position.
Prof Katunguka and Dr Tanga Odoi, the academic staff association chairperson, are some of the lecturers who have demanded that Prof Baryamureeba should leave office where he has been acting as VC since 2009 contrary to the six months provided in the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act.

While Prof Katunguka raised the concern that the professor of information technology had been promoted irregularly, a case that Council is currently investigating, Dr Tanga, who last campaigned and referred to Barya as a messiah when he first vied for the position, now claims that Prof Barya’s integrity has been questioned which taints the institution’s image.

In his defence to Council, Prof Baryamureeba counter-accused Prof Katunguka of using publications for his promotion from extracts of their students’ dissertations.
The duo are all under Council investigation.