MOE Directs MUK to Get Substantive Vice Chancellor

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The Ministry of Education has directed Makerere University Council to use the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 to get a substantive Vice Chancellor and deputies.

The Ministry of Education has directed Makerere University Council to use the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 to get a substantive Vice Chancellor and deputies.
 
Rita Namisango, the university public relations officer says that the council chairman Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem received the letter this week but  the contents are yet to be made public.
 
Namisango says the contents of the letter will be discussed during a  council meeting, the supreme governing body of the university mandated to handle such matters.
 
Dr. Etyem,  denies the existence of the letter but adds that if there such a development it will be discussed in the next council meeting slated for the February 9th.
 
This comes just a day after Prof. Mondo Kagonyera was installed as the University Chancellor for another four-year term.

Makerere University Academic Staff Association—MUASA chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi welcomes the directive saying it is long over due since the University can now run smoothly instead of using acting vice chancellors who have no authority.
 
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He adds that they are going to seek legal guidance on how to use the current laws when they practically transform into colleges. Effective December 30th 2011 Makerere officially transformed into a collegiate University with nine colleges and one independent school of law.
 
Odoi says they want to use the law to get leaders with moral and religious integrity to head Uganda’s oldest university.
 
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Prof. Venancius Baryamureeba’s appointment as Acting Vice Chancellor in 2009, was as a result of a motion passed by the Makerere University Council and approved by President Yoweri Museveni. The directive, if implemented, is likely to affect Baryamureeba together with his two deputies, Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, in charge of academic affairs, and Tikodri Togboa for finance and administration.