Prof. Nawangwe reappointed as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University

Makerere University Chancellor, Professor Ezra Suruma has reappointed Professor Barnabas Nawangwe as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University for the second term.

The reappointment will see Prof. Nawangwe serve at the leadership peak of Uganda’s oldest and most highly ranked academic institution for another five years.

Professor Nawangwe, 66 is a former deputy vice chancellor incharge of finance and administration at the same institution. He was first appointed vice chancellor in June 2017 and his term in Office was due to expire on August 31st of this very year.

In a letter dated 12th August 2022, the university secretary made communication regarding the new developments, “Following the provisions of section 31(4) of the universities and other tertiary institutions act, 2001 (as amended), and on the recommendation of the university council, the chancellor has reappointed Professor Barnabas Nawangwe for a second 5 year term as the vice Chancellor of Makerere University with immediate effect,” the letter reads in part.

It’s on record that earlier this week, Makerere University lecturers threatened to drag the University Council to court over alleged plans of reappointing Prof. Nawangwe as the University’s vice chancellor.

According to them, the VC was aged and not eligible to hold the position for another term since he is above 65 years of age as per the university policy.

Currently, Ugandan public service laws require all workers to retire at the age of 60. Attempts to have this age cap lifted to 65 in 2021 failed but remains an issue for debate however an increasing number of employees especially those with links to politicians are doing all they can to stay in office with some making adjustments in their legal age to suit policy demands.

professor Nawangwe is among the many Ugandans serving in public offices beyond the Mandatory retirement age.

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