Early this month, Civil Division High Court Judge, Musa Sekaana issued an order, directing the Makerere University management to furnish it with the progress as per its direction, within only two weeks to prove that there was an ongoing process of selecting a substantive leader.
Lorna Magara, the Makerere University Council Chairperson
University council has tasked the Senate to
conduct a fresh search for the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance and
Administration-DVC F&A. The directive is line with resolutions from a Special Meeting held by the University
Council last week.
A statement issued by the University Council
shows that Consultations have been ongoing regarding the position following the
annulment of the initial appointment by Court. And that “The University needed
to advance the search process to another stage.”
Early this month, Civil
Division High Court Judge, Musa Sekaana issued an order, directing the Makerere
University management to furnish it with the progress as per its direction,
within only two weeks to prove that there was an ongoing process of selecting a
The decision stemmed from an application filed
in December last year by Anthony Mugisha, a Professor of Veterinary Sciences
and Socio-Economics in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources
& Biosecurity (CoVAB) against the institution for contempt of court.
Professor Mugisha’s application stemmed from a June 16th,
2019 High Court ruling that ordered a fresh search process for the office after
court found flaws in the previous process. In the same ruling, Justice Ssekaana
quashed the appointment of Professor William Bazeyo as Deputy Vice Chancellor
in Charge of Finance and Administration and declared the post vacant.
However, in a twist of events, Professor Bazeyo was reappointed
in acting capacity by the University Chancellor, Professor Ezra Suruma, a
position he has been occupying. Counsel
Anthony Wameli, who represented Professor Mugisha, told URN on Tuesday that he hadn’t heard about the
developments from the university council.
“We are going back to court tomorrow [Wednesday
February 26, 2020]. I hope they will report that with evidence,” Wameli said. In his
application Wameli asked Court to issue arrest warrants
against Prof. Suruma, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the
University Council Chairperson Lorna Magara, and Acting University Secretary,
Yusuf Kiranda and commit them to civil prison for contempt.
In an email to staff on June 20, 2019, a few days after the
court ruling, Professor Nawangwe, referred to the Court ruling as the “most
unfortunate decision”. Adding that given the significance of the office and the
lengthy period that the University would commence the appeal process, the
Chancellor had directed Professor Bazeyo to revert to the same office. It is this email, that Counsel Wameli has argued in Court
that the Vice Chancellor, himself was biased against the court decision.