Makerere University Chancellor Prof Ezra Suruma has confirmed the appointment of Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as the next Vice chancellor (VC) of the institution, to replace Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, whose term ends next week.
Prof Nawangwe was recommended as the next VC by the University Council after scoring 15 votes out of 21 votes.
He beat Prof Venansius Baryamureeba who got four votes and Prof Edward Kirumira, the Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, who bagged two votes.
Prof Baryamureeba who unsuccessfully vied to become the president of Uganda in the 2016 general elections, once served as VC of Makerere University.
Prof Ddumba did not seek a second term in office much as he was eligible.
Makerere University Council and Senate on March 9 constituted a five-member committee led by Ms Ovonji Odida, which named the incoming VC in July.
Sources told Daily Monitor on Thursday, that Prof Nawangwe received his appointment letter from Prof Suruma.
Prof Ddumba is slated to handover office to Prof Nawangwe on Thursday next.
Prof Nawangwe confirmed receipt of the appointment letter stating that he had no additional comment until his installation.
According to the Universities and Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001, the University Chancellor confirms the appointment of the Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council.
Prof Charles Wana-etyem, the University Council chairperson confirmed the development.
“It is true Prof Ddumba is handing over office to the new VC next week on August 31 and the date for the installation of Prof Nawangwe will be communicated,” Prof Wana-etyem said.
Under the University and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001, a VC of a public university is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the institution.