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Mak Visitation Report Ready, Committee Wants to Meet President Museveni

Dr. Abel Rwendeire, the committee chairperson told URN on Tuesday that they are only waiting for an opportunity to meet and handover the report to the president, who is the Visitor, or overall supervisor, of all public universities. The Rwendeire Committee commenced its work in November 2016 following the closure of the university at the height of strikes by staff and students. The staff laid down tools over unpaid incentives while students protested lecturers boycott of classes.
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The visitation committee investigating causes of strikes at Makerere University has finally concluded its report.

Dr. Abel Rwendeire, the committee chairperson told URN on Tuesday that they are only waiting for an opportunity to meet and handover the report to the president, who is the Visitor, or overall supervisor, of all public universities.

The Rwendeire Committee commenced its work in November 2016 following the closure of the university at the height of strikes by staff and students. The staff laid down tools over unpaid incentives while students protested lecturers' boycott of classes.

“We are done with report, we are only waiting for the opportunity to meet the president and we present it to him. We were told we would have time with the president and we discuss it with him,” Dr. Rwendeire said.

According to him, the committee will, after presenting its findings to President Museveni, hand over the report to the University Chancellor for implementation.

“It is not our report. It's the president who tasked us with work and we finalized and so they (statehouse) should be able to tell you when they are expecting us,” Dr. Rwendeire said.

When contacted on when the visitation committee is expected to meet the president, Don Innocent Wanyama, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary, said they were aware of the development by the visitation committee having finished its business.

He denied having knowledge on when the president would meet them but insisted it would be soon. He further revealed that the probe committee has a focal person in State House who will arrange for a meeting with the president.

“You know the president has several commitments and of course Makerere is one of the important issues. The visitation committee has a focal person at State House and I am very sure that very soon they will meet the president,” Wanyama said.

President Museveni while setting up the committee indicated that it would review the reports of earlier committees, find out what was or was not implemented, and make new recommendations, if necessary.

The committee undertook a series of international bench-marking visits to find out how other countries and institutions are handling the challenges of managing education in the 21st century, carry out investigations into allegations of gross mismanagement as well as students and staff welfare issues.

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