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Makerere Asks Solicitor General for Guidance on Deputy VC Search

In a letter to the Solicitor General, Acting University Secretary Yusuf Kiranda said while the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act defines the process of searching for the Vice Chancellor, the law is silent on the search process for the deputy.
Makerere University wants the Solicitor General to offer guidance on the process to select the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (VC) in charge of Finance and Administration.

In a letter to the Solicitor General, Acting University Secretary Yusuf Kiranda said while the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act defines the process of searching for the Vice-Chancellor, the law is silent on the search process for the deputy.

The Act provides that each public university should have not more than three deputy vice-chancellors who are appointed by the chancellor on the recommendation of the university senate with approval of the university council.

On Thursday, the university council held a meeting where they resolved that the search process for the deputy be advanced to another stage since the initial appointment had been annulled by a court in June last year when Justice Musa Sekaana, of the Civil Division of the High Court, quashed the appointment of Professor William Bazeyo who is still serving in acting position.

Makerere University was dragged to court in 2018 by Prof. Anthony Mugisha from the College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Resources and Biosecurity who petitioned court challenging the searching process that he says was unfairly and unlawfully denied a chance to compete for the job after the committee chose his competitor against him ignoring the requirement to forward both candidates to the university senate.

Early in 2018, the search committee had shortlisted Mugisha and Bazeyo for the position where the latter obtained 58% mark for the job against his competitor’s 86% where 60% was the committee’s pass mark.       

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