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During the same assembly, the lecturers also resolved that members who have served on the University Council for a period of eight years shouldnt be reappointed.
Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, MUASA Chairperson -File Photo
Makerere University lecturers have warned against the re-appointment of members of who have overstayed on the University Council. The lecturers under their umbrella body, Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA, say they passed a vote of no confidence in the incumbent university council members during their General Assembly on August 3rd, 3018.

 

During the same assembly, the lecturers also resolved that members who have served on the University Council for a period of eight years shouldn't be reappointed.  The MUASA Chairperson, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, says they communicated their position to the First Lady who doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports.

"We are happy that Government listened to the plea of MUASA General Assembly and appointed new Government Representatives to the incoming Council, and this is highly appreciated," reads a letter signed by the Dr. Deus Muhwezi and MUASA, General Secretary, Dr. Michael Walimbwa. 

URN has learnt that the first meeting for the next Council will be held tomorrow afternoon. But staffs say there are clandestine movements to return the former chairperson, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, the Chairperson of the University Appointments Board and Ruhinda North legislator, Thomas Tayebwa, the Chairperson of the Finance and Planning Committee. 

MUASA contends that the three have not only overstayed on the Council but have also tainted the image of the University. 

"We would like to warn that should the aforementioned persons be smuggled back to the Council through the 'Public Window', MUASA will have no option but to lay down tool until the persons are removed from Council," says the MUASA letter.

MUASA insists that the 2016 Rwendeire Committee Report clearly states that members who have overstayed on Council are partly responsible for the bad governance of Makerere University. The Rwendeire committee observed that it was vital that the members of the supreme organ of a public University are persons of a specific caliber.

From the data collected through administering a self-assessment questionnaire to members of Makerere University Council whose term has expired, the Committee noted that there is a deficiency in terms of diversity in key competencies required for a governing council of a higher education institution of the stature of Makerere University.