Nawangwe Leads Mak Race; Suruma to Decide Winner

Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Sam Waswa
L-R: The three candidates vying for the Makerere University Vice Chancellor position; Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Edward Kirumira and Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba during Thursday's public debate

Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor Search Committee this afternoon zeroed on Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as the university’s new Vice Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor Search Committee 2017 chaired by Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida presented the Search Committee Report to Makerere University Senate today, Wednesday 28, June 2017.

Nawangwe, who has been serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and administration, beat competition from two contenders Prof Venansious Baryamureeba and Prof Edward Kirumira.

Prof Kirumira who is at the helm of the School of Humanitiescame in second position, while Baryamureeba a former VC at the university trailed.

In the report, the search committee released today, the members deduced that the race attracted “suitable candidates, who the university senate should find suitable for the job.”

Makerere Public Relations Officer, Ritah Namisango said the University Senate received and considered the Report.

“Overall the search process attracted competent applicantsfrom whom the Senate should identify suitable candidates for the V.C position. These candidates in their order of performance are: i) Prof. B. Nawangwe, ii) Prof. E.K. Kirumira, iii) Prof.V. Baryamureeba,” reads the report.

Namisango said the “University Senate has thus forwarded the aforementioned candidates to the University Council (the supreme governing body of the University) for appropriate action.”

She further stated that the University Council meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 29 June 2017 starting at 8:30am.

“The University Council is expected to send two (2) names to the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma who will eventually appointthe next Vice Chancellor of Makerere University,” said Namisango.

Before being elected The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for Finance and Administration, Nawangwe previously served  As the Acting Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University.

Prior to that, he was the Dean of Faculty of Technology (2002-2009) and Head of the Department of Architecture from its inception in 1989 to 2002.