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Luboobi quits Makerere

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd June 2009 03:00 AM

PROFESSOR Livingstone Luboobi has vacated his office as vice-chancellor of Makerere University following the end of his contract.

PROFESSOR Livingstone Luboobi has vacated his office as vice-chancellor of Makerere University following the end of his contract.

By Conan Businge

PROFESSOR Livingstone Luboobi has vacated his office as vice-chancellor of Makerere University following the end of his contract.

An official at the university confirmed that Luboobi’s contract expired and that Dr. Lillian Tibatemwa has taken over as acting vice-chancellor. She had been the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of academics.

“Prof. Luboobi will not come back to the office. His contract has already ended. Someone has taken over in acting position,” said Gilbert Kadilo, the university’s spokesperson.

Luboobi became the first vice-chancellor to be selected by the administration. Before that, vice-chancellors were appointed by the head of state.

Luboobi, 63, became vice-chancellor in May 2004, taking over from Prof. John Ssebuwufu who had served for 11 years.

A few months to the expiry of his term, Luboobi fell sick and was admitted to Mulago Hospital’s intensive care unit for several weeks. He was later taken to India for further treatment.

Makerere had started searching for a new vice-chancellor but the process was halted by the Government, awaiting amendments to the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act.

In the proposed amendments, the Government wants to advertise leadership positions in higher education institutions and have an independent selection of candidates.

The contracts of Luboobi’s two deputies, Tibatemwa and David Bakibinga, also expire this year.

Dr. Tibatemwa holds a doctorate in law from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and a master in commercial law from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

She also holds a bachelor in law from Makerere University and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala.

She was the deputy dean of the faculty of law at Makerere and was appointed part-time commissioner in 1999.

She has published several research studies in areas of women’s law, children’s rights and constitutionalism.

The country’s oldest university is experiencing a financial crisis and has been pressing the Government to allow it to raise fees for the privately sponsored students.

There have been at least four strikes organised by the academic staff association in the past few years.

In March, the academic staff wrote to the Council, recommending the removal of Luboobi, Bakibinga, the university secretary, Sam Akorimo and the bursar, Ben Byambabazi over alleged financial mismanagement.

Luboobi quits Makerere

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