Prof Bazeyo resigns as Makerere Deputy Vice Chancellor

Prof William Bazeyo. Courtesy | Photo

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  • His resignation comes at a time when his PhD qualifications are being challenged by former Makerere University students who petitioned the University management saying he was not fit for this job.

Makerere University acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and administration (DVCF&A), Prof William Bazeyo has resigned from the same position.

His resignation comes at a time when his PhD qualifications are being challenged by former Makerere University students who petitioned the University management saying he was not fit for this job.

According to the notice of his resignation which Daily Monitor has seen, he has stepped down over personal and family issues.

“I am writing to inform you that today October, 8, I have submitted my resignation from the position of DVCF&A to the appointing authority. I have done this for personal and family reasons and it takes immediate effect. I have also withdrawn my candidature from the ongoing search process for the substantive position of DVCF&A,” Prof Bazeyo said in the notice. 

“I wish to thank you all for the support you rendered to me as I served and made a contribution to our great university. For those that I could have offended while I executed my duties, I sincerely apologize. I would like to believe that together we can make a bigger contribution so that we leave no room to be judged by history,” he added.

The University secretary Mr Yusuf Kiranda confirmed the resignation of Prof Bazeyo, saying it was his personal decision.

Last month, lawyers representing two former students of the university petitioned the search committee and the university leadership claiming that he acquired his PhD from an institution that is not accredited.

One of the lawyers, Ms Monica Birungi, presented documents from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) signed by the acting director for quality assurance and accreditation, Dr Pius Achanga, which stated that the Atlantic International University where Prof Bazeyo attained his PhD, is not accredited.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that it (Atlantic International University) is not accredited by agencies recognized by the US Department of Education. Awards of Atlantic International University are, therefore, not recognized by the NCHE,” the August 6 letter read in part.

Ms Birungi said the first requirement for a DVCF&A job is a PhD, yet Prof Bazeyo does not qualify because his doctorate degree is not recognized. 

The query came at a time when the search committee was left with few days to conclude and submit the final report to the university Senate containing ratings of the three candidates. 

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