By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Makerere University Council has instructed the senate to search for a new deputy Vice-Chancellor in-charge of finance and administration to replace Prof. William Bazeyo who recently resigned under mysterious circumstances.
The development has been confirmed by the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, who revealed, “The council has directed that a search process for the deputy Vice-Chancellor commences and therefore, we expect the senate to start the process next week.”
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This website has learnt that in the meantime, Dr Josephine Nabukenya will be the acting deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university until a substantive deputy is appointed.
The reasons behind Bazeyo’s resignation remains unclear although the development followed an incident in which a couple of former university students petitioned the inspectorate of government (IG) to investigate his shortlisting for the post of deputy vice-chancellor finance and administration on grounds that he lacked ‘credible’ academic qualifications.
However, in his resignation, he cited, “Personal and Family” as the reasons for quitting.
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.
According to a message he posted on the university platform, Bazeyo noted, “I wish to thank you all for the support you rendered to me as I served and made a contribution to our great university. For those that I could have offended while I executed my duties, I sincerely apologize. I would like to believe that together we can make a bigger contribution so that we leave no room to be judged by history.”
The other candidates whom Bazeyo left in the scandals 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.