Search For New MUK VC Is On

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Makerere University Council has started the process of appointing a substantive vice chancellor to replace Professor Venansius Baryamureeba who has been acting in the position for close to two and half years.

Makerere University Council has started the process of appointing a substantive vice chancellor to replace Professor Venansius Baryamureeba who has been acting in the position for close to two and half years.

On Wednesday, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, the Council chairperson convened a council meeting which resolved to start on the process of appointing a vice chancellor.

According to statement issued by Ritah Namisango, the university public relations officer, the University Council has elected Bruce Balaba Kabasa and Dr. Stephen Maloba as their two representatives to the Search Committee.

According to the statement, this is one of the processes that have been initiated to have a substantive vice chancellor.

Namisango, however, says as the search process is ongoing, the status quo remains with Professor Baryamureeba as acting VC, Professor Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza as Deputy VC in charge of academic affairs and Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri Togboa  as Deputy VC  in charge of Finance and Administration.

In a letter dated February 23, 2012, the Solicitor General Harriet Lwabi advised the university council to start on the process following the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001. Lwabi said the current law is still applicable in the appointment of the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellors.

Section 31 (2) of the Act states that the vice chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council from among three candidates recommended by the Senate. Section 31 (3) states that a search committee composed of two members from the University Council and three members from the University Senate shall identify suitable candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor and forward them to the Senate to nominate three candidates for recommendation to the University Council.

On February 9th, the University Council wrote to the solicitor general seeking legal advice on the consequences of starting the search process or staying the process until the Universities and Other tertiary Institutions Act 2001 is amended.

Professor Baryamureeba argues that his stay in office is still valid until the law is amended.