Lawyer Anthony Wameli has described the appointment of Professor
William Bazeyo as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration
–DVC F&A of Makerere University as contempt of court.
In November Professor Anthony Mugisha challenged the search
process saying he was unfairly and unlawfully denied a chance to compete for
the job of Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He cited that the search committee while carrying out its mandate and made a
report and recommendations in a biased, illegal and unlawful manner, thereby
side-lining him and in effect producing a sole candidate by the position.
Last week, Justice Musa Ssekaana ruled that the appointment of
Professor Bazeyo last year was illegal, null and void citing that the search
committee overstepped its mandate as set out in terms of reference when they
only forwarded one name to the University Senate for transmission to the
Court had ordered that the Professor Bazeyo vacates office to pave
way for a process that is proper, transparent, reasonable and fair to all
potential and interested applicants.
Responding to the ruling, Professor Ezra Suruma, the Makerere University
Chancellor in his June 17, 2019 letter, directed Professor Bazeyo, to continue
occupying the office until further notice.
Wameli, Mugisha’s lawyer says the reappointment of Professor
Bazeyo in acting capacity emphasizes their cry to court that internal processes
at Makerere are neither fair nor transparent.
He adds that what Makerere has done is a bypassing a court order, which is in
contempt of court.
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Wameli says they are going to seek court’s further direction on whether
it is right for Bazeyo to continue acting, in light of the fact that there is another
process coming up.
He observes that even in acting capacity, Professor Bazeyo will
continue to meddle with internal processes.
“We are going to put the Chancellor on spot. First of all, we want to
understand is Bazeyo still a member of staff? And does he qualify to be DVC
F&A? If he does, is appointing him as acting in the circumstances viable?
We want court to pronounce itself on that,” Counsel Wameli observes.
Although majority staff welcomed the court’s ruling, majority have
remained tight-lipped on commenting on the matter as those we contacted felt
insecure to go on record.
A senior administrator at Makerere University who preferred anonymity says that
the reappointment by the Chancellor is sad.
“This is because it contravenes the court order, especially after
it was ordered that the process is repeated,” a senior administrator observed.
Associate Professor Edward Nector Mwavu, the interim chairperson
of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association –MUASA describes the developments
at Makerere as a choreographed movie script that shows that only one person
fits for the job.