THE Makerere University Business School head, Wasswa Balunywa, has insisted that he is a vice chancellor of an independent university.
â€œA university canâ€™t be headed by a principal. I am the vice chancellor,â€ he said during a seminar for student leaders at Ridar Hotel in Seeta, Mukono.
â€œPrincipals head colleges of commerce, like Tororo and Kabale, not a university,â€ he added.
The National Council for Higher Education and the Ministry of Education have refused to recognise Makerere University Business School (MUBS) as an independent university.
The ministry and the council regard MUBS as an affiliate college of Makerere University.
The state minister for higher education, Gabriel Opio, recently told Parliament that the Education Service Commission will soon recruit a principal for MUBS to replace Balunywa.
The ministry has also blocked attempts by MUBS to recruit lecturers and introduce new courses.
But Balunywa, who cited the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, argued that the status of the school had changed from a constituent college of Makerere University to an autonomous university.
He attacked Makerere University, saying it was frustrating MUBS.
Balunywa claimed that Makerere had started offering courses which are taught at MUBS.
Balunywa said the Education Service Commission has no mandate to appoint the head of MUBS.
â€œThe commissionâ€™s mandate is to appoint secondary school teachers, head teachers and leaders of other tertiary institutions, not universities,â€Balunywa argued.
â€˜I am a real vice chancellorâ€™