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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.