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Search Team Recommends Five Unopposed for Appointment as College Heads

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According to the report, the search committee arrived at the candidates after a series of activities that included shortlisting, assessing candidates’ documents, review of Human Resource record, candidates’ profiles and face-to-face interviews as well as public presentations.
Five Professors nominated unopposed for Principal and Deputy Principal Jobs at Makerere University.
The official shortlist of successful candidates for the head of the three colleges in Makerere University is out, Uganda Radio Network has learnt. 

They are Medicine Professor, Damalie Nakanjako for the Principal of College of Health Sciences and Dr. Isaac Kajja for Deputy Principal. Also recommended for appointment is Dr. Josephine Ahikire, for the Principal of College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).  

Dr. Eria Hisali was also recommended for appointment unopposed as Principal College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) deputised by Dr. Bruno Yawe. The search committee for College Principals and their deputies has recommended the successful candidates for appointment unopposed by the university Council.  

The five-member search committee led by senior advocate, Kirowa Kiwanuka in its February 12, 2020 report, that was submitted to council on February 19, 2020 only recommended candidates  who scored above 60% and had no disciplinary or integrity issues.  

The committee was required to identify and propose to Senate, the Chief Academic organ of the University five candidates for the position of College Principal and Deputy Principal. However, after a six-month search, only unopposed candidates were recommended for consideration and subsequent approval by Council.    

According to the report, the search committee arrived at the candidates after a series of activities that included shortlisting, assessing candidates’ documents, review of Human Resource record, candidates’ profiles and face-to-face interviews as well as public presentations.    

The Scores  

For face-to-face interviews conducted on Jan 9th and 10th, 2020, the search committee analyzed candidates’ knowledge of the job, relevant managerial working experience and knowledge of the Higher Education Sector. The applicants were also assessed on their abilities for resource mobilisation and utilisation, research and publications, integrity as well as their knowledge on ICTs and Gender.  

For public presentations conducted on Jan 20th and 21st, 2020, the committee assessed candidates’ oral communication skills, knowledge of the Higher Education sector, Makerere University strategic plan, personality, experience and response to questions from the audience as well as time management.  

Professor Nakanjako scored an average mark of 76.2% while Professor Joloba scored 77.3%, out of the overall agreed 60% pass mark. Dr. Kajja, the only shortlisted candidate for Deputy Principal scored 61.7%. 

Despite scoring highly, the search committee declined to recommend Professor Moses Joloba due to “…several complaints against him” despite lack of a conclusive report on the status of the complaints and lack of evidence of disciplinary action against him.  

Dr. Josephine Ahikire scored an overall average score of 74.5% for the job of Principal for CHUSS while Dr. Eria Hisali had an overall average score of 67.7% for Principal CoBAMS. Bruno Yawe had an overall average score of 63.3% for the position of Deputy Principal CoBAMS.  

Makerere governing council at its 147th meeting held on August 7th and 8th 2019 in Jinja put in place a search committee in accordance with section 29 (2) (a) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act.  The process was also guided by the Management of Constituent Colleges of Makerere University Statute of 2012 that provides for the administration of constituent colleges.  

Low Enthusiasm   

The Kiryowa Report shows there was low enthusiasm and interest by people to take up academic leadership positions in the University.  The report shows that due to little interest among staff to compete for the positions advertised, it was difficult for it to get the minimum number of the candidates to refer to the Senate, the academic organ for consideration.  

This was evidenced by the few numbers of candidates that responded to the advert, even after re-advertising and extension of deadlines, according to Kiryowa.  

“Although the presentations were open to the public, audiences attracted were steeply different for the candidates. The audiences at the College of Health Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were impressive and could be described as involved while the audience at the College of Business and Management Sciences looked small and aloof, or resigned,” reads the report in part.  

Members of the Search Committee intimated to a URN that the selection process took so long. We established that while the governing council had given the Kiryowa-led committee two months’ timeline, the exercise took six months.  The other members of the committee included Eng. Dr. S. P. Kagoda, Dr. Winston Tumps Ireeta, Makerere University Lord Councilor, Doreen Nyanjura and Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo.

During the search process according the 20-page February 2020 report, the committee noted that Law School hadn’t yet been approved by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) as a College.  And as such, Council, at its 148th meeting halted the process of searching for the Principal and Deputy Principal for the School of law.