Baryamureeba, Katunguka Out of MUK VC Race

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Professor Venancius Baryamureeba has been dropped from the list of nominees for the position of Makerere University vice chancellor.

Professor Venancius Baryamureeba has been dropped from the list of nominees for the position of Makerere University vice chancellor.

Also dropped by the University’s top academic body, the Senate, is Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya. Baryamureeba has been Acting Vice Chancellor since 2009 while Katunguka heads the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training at the university.

Katunguka was the first to be dropped after he failed to make it past the first round in which Baryamureeba and Professor Edward Kirumira tied on 35 votes. Katunguka got 28 votes.

In the second round, Baryamureeba lost to Kirumira by one vote after the acting vice chancellor got 31 against Kirumira’s 32. Profesor Ddumba Sentamu, the principal College of Business and Management Studies, got 42 votes while Professor Banabas Nawangwe polled 52 votes. Nawangwe is the Principal College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology.

Today’s Senate was to be chaired by the vice chancellor, but because candidates including Baruamureeba were not allowed in the meeting, it was chaired by Profesor Tickodri Togboa, the acting vice chancellor in charge Finance and Administration.

Professor Kirumira says he is happy to be shortlisted, while Baryamureeba did not pick phone calls when URN sought a comment from him.

An excited Dr Tanga Odoi, the chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), says the lecturers are going to call off the strike with Baryamureeba out of the race.

Early this week, the Search Committee also discontinued Professors Tonny J. Oyana and Augustus Nuwagaba.  
This means the list to be forwarded to Council has three candidates including professors John Ddumba Ssentamu, Edward K. Kirumira and Associate Professor Barnabas Nawangwe. The names of the trio will then be sent to the University Council which will later decide on two candidates whose names will be sent to the Chancellor for appointment as Makerere's next substantive Vice Chancellor.