Nawangwe’s reappointment was announced on Friday by University Secretary Yusuf Kiranda.
Professor-Barnabas-Nawangwe. Courtesy Picture
University Chancellor Professor Ezra Suruma has reappointed Professor Barnabas
Nawangwe as the vice-chancellor of Makerere University.
was announced on Friday by University Secretary Yusuf Kiranda.
“Following the provisions of Section 31(4) of the Universities and other
Tertiary Institutions act 2001 (as amended), and on the recommendation of the
University Council, the Chancellor has re-appointed Professor Barnabas Nawangwe
for the second five-year term as the vice-chancellor of Makerere University
with immediate effect”, Kiranda wrote.
“We express our deepest gratitude to the Chancellor and the University Council
for recognizing Professor Nawangwe’s distinguished service and granting him the
opportunity to serve another term as we celebrate 100 years,” Kiranda added.
Nawangwe’s term was set to expire on 31st August 2022. This week, a section of Makerere Staff led by
Associate Prof Jude Ssempebwa and Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi petitioned the
University Council to challenge the re-appointment.
Through their lawyers, Nassuuna, and Company advocates, the staff said that the
reappointment can only be evaluated in light of the eligibility requirements in
the job advertisement from 2017 when Prof. Nawangwe first assumed the
Directly pointing to the age limit requirement which had been sealed between 40
and 65 years old, they indicate that being 66, Nawangwe was not eligible for
The staff also raised concerns about the professorship of the chancellor who
they say was named professor before attaining the required number of
“He neither had the required 5 peer-reviewed publications to become professor
nor did he have the 10 peer-reviewed publications to meet the eligibility
criteria for the post of vice-chancellor,” they argued.
But Yusuf Kiranda, the University Secretary, while commenting on the re-appointment of Prof Nawangwe, stated that the University Council followed the necessary rules before they reached a final decision. //Cue in; “Of course everybody… Cue out…Which was broken.”//