PRIME Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi and Ugandaâ€™s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Prof. George Kirya, are in the race for Makerere University chancellorship
PRIME Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi and Ugandaâ€™s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Prof. George Kirya, are in the race for Makerere University chancellorship.
The two were among the 15 other contenders. Nsibambi and Kirya were picked on Tuesday in a special session chaired by Gabriel Opio, the former state minister for investment, sources said.
The two names will be forwarded to President Yoweri Museveni to choose the first Chancellor of Makerere who is not head of state who ceased being chancellor of public universities last year after the enactment of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001.
The Act, however, retains the President as the University Visitor.
The position of Chancellor is purely ceremonial and does not require the holders to quit their current offices. The job does not attract a salary or regular emolument, but the official will be facilitated whenever performing university duties.
Sam Byanagwa, the university secretary, who is also secretary to council, declined to discuss the issue, saying he was in Parliament and did not attend the council meeting that made the selection.
â€œI have not yet been briefed and my briefing means getting the council minutes and not just rumours,â€ Byanagwa told The New Vision on Wednesday.
But the sources said the council had zeroed in on Nsibambi and Kirya because of their academic credentials and record in the public service.
Nsibambi, a Professor of political science, taught at Makerere.
Nsibambi, Kirya top MUK chancellor race