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Bazeyo's Appointment is Contempt of Court -Lawyer

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.
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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 University Council.  

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. 

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