Out of the 19 people that responded to the September 30 and November 11, 2019, only seven (7) professors were shortlisted based on the minimum requirements.
Senior advocate Kirowa Kiwanuka, the chairperson of the Search Committee for the Principals and Deputy Principals.
The report of the
search committee for Principals and Deputy Principals for Colleges at Makerere
University show a total of 12 professors were dropped from competing in the
Out of the 19 people
that responded to the September 30 and November 11, 2019, advert, only seven (7)
professors were shortlisted based on the minimum requirements.
A Principal is the
academic and administrative head of the College, responsible for promoting and maintaining academic excellence, management
efficiency and good order of the College. It is a senior management position in
the University structure.
The University had
advertised seven positions of Principal and Deputy for the Colleges of Health
Sciences, (CHS) College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), College
of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) and the School of Law.
University Colleges are semi-autonomous academic units comprising of Schools,
Institutes and Departments, which carry out academic and administrative
functions to fulfill the mandates of teaching, research, community outreach and
According to the
Short Listing Report, four of the six candidates that expressed interest for the
Principal and three of the four candidates for Deputy Principal of CHS had
their applications rejected by the search committee.
Those that applied
for the job of Principal the included the incumbent Professor Charles Ibingira,
Professor Sarah Kiguli, Dr. Josephat Byamugisha, Professor Jacinta Opara,
Professor Moses Joloba and Professor Damalie Nakanjako.
The shortlisting report indicates that only Professor
Moses Joloba and Professor Damalie Nakanjako were initially shortlisted, by the committee, rejecting the rest.
According to the
report, Dr. Opara had no proof of PhD, academic ranking and proof of academic
leadership. Being a non-Uganda citizen disfavored her too while Dr. Byamugisha,
the current Director Makerere University Hospital was not shortlisted,
according to the report, because the search team received only one letter of
for recommendation, for his application, after rejecting the second one, for late
submission, submitted on November 25, 2019.
For Professor Kiguli
and Professor Ibingira, the Search Committee declined to shortlist them, after
they allegedly could not show proof of their PhDs.
URN has also learnt
that only one of the four
candidates who had applied for Deputy Principal in the College of Health
Sciences Dr. Isaac Kajja was shortlisted. The rest, Dr. Etheldreda
Nakimuli-Mpungu, Dr Charles Kiiza Mondo and the incumbent Dr. Isaac Okullo were
As per the analysis
of the shortlist report, Dr. Nakimuli-Mpungu application for Deputy Principal
job was rejected for submitting one reference letter, a day after the closing
date and with no second referee.
The committee says Dr.
Kiiza Mondo, did not adduce evidence of his academic managerial experience in
an institution of higher learning, while Dr. Okullo was blocked because he was
above the minimum required age at the time of his application.
In the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences, only Associate Professor Josephine Ahikire was
shortlisted out of the three candidates that had applied for the job.
Professor Jacinta A.
Opara, from the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, at Kampala
International University was rejected for being a non-Ugandan. According to the
report, the committee could not find proof of her PhD, proof of her academic
ranking and proof of her academic leadership.
Also rejected was an
application for Dr. Moses Lukwago, a senior English Lecturer in the Department
of English Language Studies (ELS) in the University’s Institute of Languages.
The committee report
shows there was no proof to show Dr. Lukwago had a PhD or other academic
Doctorate and was not at a rank of Associate Professor in the Makerere academic
staff ranks. This was in addition to lack of evidence to prove his teaching
experience, as well as lacked referees.
While the shortlist
for candidates for principal and deputy for School of Law was mid-way the
process halted, only one of the three candidates that had applied was
shortlisted. They include Dr. Christopher Mbazira, who only submitted his
application with only one referee, out of the required two. Mbazira is the only
candidate from the law school who had applied for the Principal position.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ronald
Kakungulu-Mayambala’s application was rejected for lack of experience of
academic and managerial experience. Dr. Anthony Kakooza, the Dean of Uganda
Christian University (UCU)’s Law School was shortlisted for the Deputy
For one to be
considered eligible for the job, an applicant was expected to have a PhD, be at
least the rank of Associate Professor or its equivalent at the time of
application and with four years’ experience in managing an institution of
The search committee also
indicated one ought to have had a teaching experience of at least six years in
one of the disciplines taught in the College and must be a citizen. Applicants
at the rank of Associate Professor were supposed not to be above 61 years while
those at a rank of Professor were not to be above 66 years, at the time of
The search committee
observes that majority of the candidates were blocked for lack of information
on requirements that was not detailed in the adverts.
It recommends that
such adverts (for the positions) should be more detailed, concerning submission
requirements including attachments as proof of the applicant’s academic ranks,
managerial experience, and proof of citizenship, age, among others.
“Applicants should be
requested to submit their application letters for each position being applied
for together with the reference letters in sealed envelopes,” says the report.
committee has also recommended a review of minimum age requirement of at least
40. Advocate Kiryowa Kiwanuka, the head of the search committee wants the lower
age limit removed in favor of maintaining the upper age limit.
The five-member search committee was led by senior advocate
Kiryowa Kiwanuka. Other members are Eng. Dr. S. P. Kagoda. Dr. Winston Tumps
Ireeta, Lord Councilor Doreen Nyanjura and Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo. The committee
produced its report on February 12, 2020 and it was expected to be discussed at
a special sitting of council sitting on Wednesday February 19, 2020.