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Makerere alumni petition IGG over shortlisting of Prof Bazeyo



Two former Makerere University students have petitioned the inspectorate of government to investigate the shortlisting of Prof William Bazeyo for the post of deputy vice-chancellor finance and administration. Sam Ninsiima and Amos Weliki object Prof Bazeyo’s shortlisting on grounds that he lacks credible academic qualifications.

The duo notes that whereas eligible candidates are required to possess a PhD from a recognized institution, Bazeyo obtained his PhD from the Hawaii-based Atlantic International University, which isn’t recognized by the United State Department of Education.  

The National Council for Higher Education (NHCE) has since backed the duo’s argument. In their petition, Ninsiima and Weliki observe that they expected the university search committee to investigate or address the matter after they brought it to their attention but none of this was done.  

“On August 10, 2020, we petitioned the chairperson of the search committee but we have received no response. We expect the process to continue since there are two other candidates shortlisted who qualify. Our only demand was the search committee drops Prof William Bazeyo since he lacks the minimum requirement. Instead, we are seeing indications that our petition has been ignored,” the petition reads in part.   

They argue that the development taints the image of Makerere University thus the need for the inspectorate of government to investigate the matter and ensure that the search process for the new deputy vice chancellor is fair, credible, and transplant. 

They also claim that there is a scheme by some members of the university management to re-advertise the job and ask the IG to stop any effort to halt the process and compel the search committee to proceed with the remaining two shortlisted candidates.

“What is remaining is the search committee to present the suitable candidates to the senate for voting to choose one candidate for appointment with the approval of the council as stipulated in Universities and Other Institutions Act,” they contend.  

The other candidates are Prof Anthony Mugisha from the school of veterinary sciences and socio-economics and associate Prof Allan Mulengani Katwalo, the dean school of business and applied technology at Clarke International University.

The deputy inspector general of government, George Bamugemereire has since invited Makerere vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to urgently report to the IG to explain the steps he has taken to address the matter.  

“…Urgently inform us of the steps Makerere University has taken to address them,” Bamugemereire’s letter to Nawangwe reads.

He says the actions of the vice chancellor regarding the matter, shouldn’t only maintain the integrity of the search process but also mitigate any related costs of litigation the university may incur in future.  

The petition comes a few days after an emergency senate meeting, which had been scheduled to sit on August 14, 2020, to consider the search committee report was called off indefinitely without any reason given. 

The office of deputy vice chancellor finance and administration fell vacant in 2017 when Nawangwe who occupied it then was appointed vice-chancellor. Prof Bazeyo took over in acting capacity before the search for a new officer bearer was initiated.

Bazeyo emerged best in the search process that was held in 2019. However, the High court quashed the entire process on grounds that it was ‘unfair and unlawful’. But, before a new search committee was instituted to repeat the process, Bazeyo was reappointed in acting capacity.   

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



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According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



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This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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