Professor John Ddumba Sentamu, one of the contenders in the Makerere University vice chancellor race has also boycotted the search process. When Uganda Radio Network contacted him at his office, But Professor Baryamureeba describes those calling for his resignation as day dreamers.
Sentamu joins five other candidates who threatened to pull out unless the current acting vice chancellor Prof Venancius Baryamureeba stepped down. On Sunday, five candidates including Professors Tonny Oyana, Barnabas Nawangwe, Edward Kirumira, Eli Katunguka and Augustus Nuwagaba petitioned the search committee chaired by Dr. Stephen Maloba demanding that Professor Baryamureeba steps down immediately and that the committee puts in place a time table for the search process.
Professor Ddumba Ssentamu, in a letter dated Monday 23 and addressed to the search committee, endorses the position of the other five contestants, saying Baryamureeba should step down to avoid what he termed as bias in the process.
Professor Baryamureeba has been serving as the university acting vice chancellor since 2009 and he is in the race to retain the seat.
On Monday morning, the six candidates also boycotted the public presentation protesting failure by the search committee to address their concerns.
Addressing the media on behalf of other candidates, Professor Edward Kirumira insisted that the six candidates have resolved not to continue with the search process, until their demands are addressed.
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But Professor Baryamureeba appeared in the university’s Main Hall for the public presentation as a sole candidate. When Uganda Radio Network contacted him at his office, he described the architects of the plot for him to step down as day dreamers.
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According to Baryamureeba, there is no conflict of interest in the process as he would pave way for any deliberations directly concerning the search process, during council and senate meetings.
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The public presentation that had been scheduled for the entire day with one candidate appearing at a time, presenting his plans and reacting to questions from the members of the public, ended prematurely. Stephen Maloba, the chairman of the search committee sounded unmoved, saying he shall go ahead with the search process.
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Dr. Maloba however, declined to give details.