By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Education Minister Jessica Alupo has said that she is set to study a petition filed by one of the dropped candidates from Makerere Vice Chancellor race Prof Venansuis Baryamureba.
Alupo made the announcement yesterday while appearing before the Education and Sports committee of Parliament where she appeared with her deputies; Dr JC Muyingo (Higher Education) and Charles Bakkabulindi (Sports).
“Makerere is governed by the University and other Tertiary Institutions Act and it set guidelines for the search of the Vice Chancellor. If there were any guidelines bleached, the Act gives the minister powers to guide them, so that all candidates feel fairly treated,” Alupo stated.
Professor Venansuis Baryamureeba petitioned Makerere University Council demanding his reinstatement to the search list. In the petition, he criticized the search committee for ignoring the public presentation which he fulfilled and other candidates were not subjected to.A presentation was one of the five criteria set for the selection .Baryamureba in his petition said that the committee did not even report about it in the final report.
Baryamureeba says that the senate overstepped its mandate by revising the election methods and going for a one-man-three-vote system rather than the one-man-one vote system set by council.
Alupo told MPs that although she had not received Barya’s appeal officially, she will study it when it comes.
On Wednesday Associate Professor Barnabas Nawangwe and Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu were selected to be presented to Makerere University Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera to select the new Vice Chancellor of Makerere University.
Nine Professors applied for the post of Vice Chancellor. They were; Acting VC Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Augustus Nuwagaba, Eli Rwakishaya-Katunguka, Edward Kirumira, Ssentamu Dumba, Barnabas Nawangwe, Tony Oyana, Elisam Magara and Prof. Bizimenyera.
The new Vice Chancellor for Makerere will be announced soon.