Prof Nawangwe re-appointed Mak Vice Chancellor

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe during an interview with Daily Monitor at his office in Kampala on July 20, 2022. PHOTO | FRANK BAGUMA 

What you need to know:

  • Prof Nawangwe is now expected to lead Makerere until at least 2027.

The Makerere University Council has re-appointed Prof Barnabas Nawangwe as Vice Chancellor (VC) for a second 5-year-term.

"We express our deepest gratitude to the Chancellor and the University Council for recognising Professor Nawangwe’s distinguished service and granting him the opportunity to serve another term as we celebrate 100 years," University Secretary Yusuf Kiranda wrote in a statement Monitor has seen. 

Prof Nawangwe whose first term was set to expire August 31 had his re-appointment early this week challenged by a section of staff at Uganda's oldest public university who cited age concerns and alleged irregular promotion to become a professor.

But on Friday, Prof Nawangwe, 66, pledged "total commitment to serve Makerere and Uganda diligently with God being his guide."

"I am extremely humbled by the confidence put in me by the Chancellor and the University Council in re-appointing me as Vice Chancellor of this great institution for another five years," he said.

His re-appointment implies that he is positioned to lead the university until 2027 when he will be aged about 71.

*Editor's note: This story was edited on August 13, 2022 upon clarity that there was no age 65 cap for the position of the Makerere University Vice Chancellor as claimed by those opposed to Prof Barnabas Nawangwe's 2nd term. This was carried in the initial story published on August 12, 2022.