Prof. Latigo to be Nominated for MUK Chancellorship

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A new name has been added to the list of academics, religious leaders and politicians nominated for the Chancellorship of Makerere University. A group of youth from the political opposition plans to nominate the Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition, Prof. Ogenga Latigo, as the new Chancellor of Uganda's largest university. Mukasa Mbidde, a former Makerere University Guild President, says he will nominate Professor Latigo on Monday next week. Mbidde says Latigo is a widely read respected member of society with high integrity. He says the Leader of the Opposition is capable of steering Makerere University to greater heights. Latigo is a Member of Parliament for Agago County and Vice Chairman of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change. In response to the news of his nomination, Latigo told Uganda Radio Network in a phone interview that he has heard of the development, although no one has approached him yet with the proposal. Although he did not comment on whether or not he would accept the nomination, Latigo said that he is aware of who else is on the list of nominees and that he is as qualified as every one of them. On what his possible appointment would mean for the Forum for Democratic Change, Latigo said he would take up the position on individual merit and that it would have nothing to do with his political leaning. The post of Chancellor of Makerere University falls vacant in August when Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi steps down from the job. Several high-profile Ugandans have been named for the post including the Archbishop of York in the United Kingdom Dr. John Sentamu, Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and former Makerere Vice Chancellor John Sebuwufu. Others are Cabinet Minster Mondo Kagonyera and Professor Victoria Mwaka. Nominations close on Monday afternoon after which the University Secretary will officially disclose the full list of nominees. A committee of five has been appointed to search for a replacement by November 16th.