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Baryamureeba out of Makerere vice chancellor race

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Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba’s days as Makerere University vice chancellor are numbered after the institution’s Senate omitted him from a list of candidates eligible for appointment to the position.

Besides Prof. Baryamureeba, who has acted in the position for two years, his avid critic, Prof. Elly Rwakishaya Katunguka’s dreams of occupying the office also crashed when he did not make it to the list of the final three.

According to a source in the Senate, the highest academic organ, three academics; Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the principal of the College of Design, Art and Technology, Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu of the College of Business and Management Science and Prof. Edward Kirumira of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, made it to the last group, which will now be forwarded to the University Council for another round of assessments.

According to the source, Prof. Nawangwe scored best with 52 votes, Prof. Ssentamu had 42, while Professors Baryamureeba and Kirumira tied at 35 votes. Prof. Katunguka tailed with 28 votes.

The law demands that Senate sends three names to the council, which then chooses two names to forward to the chancellor, who then names the vice chancellor. With Profs Baryamureeba and Kirumira tied, another round of voting was held—and the former posted 35 votes as opposed to his challenger’s 36.

The Senate meeting was chaired by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof. Tickodri Togboa. Council meet in two weeks’ time to pick the two names that will be forwarded to Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera.

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