PRIME Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi (above) has been appointed Makerere University Chancellor,
Nsibambiâ€™s confirmation on the top post by President Yoweri Museveni makes him enter the annals of history as the first ever Makerere University Chancellor who is not Head of State.
The Head of State ceased being chancellors of public universities with the coming into force of the Universities and Other tertiary Institutions Act 2001.
The Act, however, retained the President as the University Visitor.
The position of chancellor is purely ceremonial and Nsibambi does not need to leave his current portfolio.
The job carries no salary nor regular emoluments, but the Chancellor will be facilitated when performing university duties.
Museveniâ€™s Press Secretary Mary Karooro Okurut said she had not yet had an official communication about Nsibambiâ€™s appointment.
The acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Epelu Opio, confirmed the appointment.
â€œIt is true. There is nothing to hide about it. We are only waiting for the handover,â€ Epelu told The New Vision lastevening.
University officials said the appointment was announced yesterday during a council meeting. Former state minister for finance Gabriel Opio, chairs the council.
An avid academician, Nsibambi taught at Makerere University for over 30 years before Museveni named him Minister of Public Service in 1996.
He was later moved to the Ministry of Education where he served until April 1999 when he was elevated to his current portfolio.
Nsibambi and Prof. George Kirya, the former Uganda High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, were the only persons whose names were forwarded to the President as possible candidates for the prestigious job.
Nsibambiâ€™s first assignment as Chancellor is expected to be the next graduation ceremony slated for November 21, 2003.
Nsibambi becomes Makerere chancellor