By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Prof William Bazeyo the deputy vice-chancellor Finance and Administration of Makerere University has resigned-The Spy Uganda reports exclusively.
The reason behind Bazeyo’s resignation is not yet known although this development follows an incident in which a couple of former University students petitioned the inspectorate of government (IG) to investigate his shortlisting [Prof William Bazeyo] for the post of deputy vice-chancellor finance and administration on grounds that he lacked credible academic qualifications.
The petitioners asserted that whereas eligible candidates are required to possess a PhD from a recognized institution, Bazeyo obtained his PhD from the Hawaii-based Atlantic International University, which isn’t recognized by the United State Department of Education.
They also argued that the development taints the image of Makerere University and claimed that there was a scheme by some members of the university management to re-advertise the job and ask the IG to stop any effort to halt the process and compel the search committee to proceed with the remaining two shortlisted candidates.
“What is remaining is the search committee to present the suitable candidates to the Senate for voting to choose one candidate for an appointment with the approval of the council as stipulated in Universities and Other Institutions Act,” they contended.
The other candidates whom Bazeyo has left in the scandal are Prof Anthony Mugisha from the school of veterinary sciences and socio-economics and associate Prof Allan Mulengani Katwalo, the dean school of business and applied technology at Clarke International University.
The deputy inspector general of government, George Bamugemereire has since invited Makerere vice-chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to urgently report to the IG to explain the steps he has taken to address the matter.
Meanwhile, as we wait from what will come from the search by IG on there other two candidates, get to know who is Bazeyo as detailed below;
William Bazeyo, is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist, academic, researcher, and academic administrator. Since September 2017, he has been the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of finance and administration at Makerere University. During the preceding eight years, he was the dean of the Makerere University School of Public Health.
Bazeyo was born in Uganda circa 1957. After attending local schools, he attended and graduated from the Makerere University School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees. He then earned Master of Medicine in occupational health from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. Later, in 2014, he graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree from Atlantic International University.
Bazeyo has been active in general practice and public health for two decades. He was a principal actor in the formation in 2005 of the Higher Education Alliance for Leadership Training for Health, which brings together seven schools of public health in six countries. He also serves as the director of the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa, which supports government efforts to build and sustain the capacity to regulate tobacco in Africa.
In addition to his university assignments, Bazeyo serves as the chief-of-party at the Resilient Africa Network, which is composed of 20 universities in 16 African countries and whose mission is to strengthen the resilience of communities through education and innovative technologies and approaches.
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