Makerere ICT Implodes Over Bitter Infighting, Intrigue

there geneva;”>Gilbert Maiga (PhD) said he chose to throw in the towel to reserve time “to concentrate more on the teaching, research and graduate student supervision.”

In a letter dated May 13 addressed to the Director Human Resources and copied to the Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu and his deputy Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa, Maiga said: “Please accept this letter as a formal notice to resign my position as acting chair for the department of Information Technology, in the College of Computing and Information Sciences, effective 30th July, 2013.”

However, an investigation by Chimpreports has discovered that Maiga quit due to longstanding differences with Dean of CoCIS, Dr Josephine Nabukenya.

This website has seen a letter (dated May 10) authored by Maiga to the Secretary Search Committee for the Position of Principal and Deputy Principal, CoCIS, in which he pours out his frustration with manner in which the interviews were conducted on May 9.


“At the interview venue, I was reliably informed by the secretariat (Mr. Thomas Baguma) that the constitution of the panel included my own Dean who is also my immediate supervisor at the place of work, Dr. Josephine Nabukenya,” wrote Maiga.

He added: “For avoidance of doubt, I would like to restate that as Ag. Chair of the Department of Information Technology, at the school of computing and Information technology, Dr. Nabukenya Josephine is my line supervisor.”

“I therefore found myself in a position where I had to present myself to the panel to be interviewed by my Dean in an attempt to become her immediate superior. I expressed my discomfort to the secretariat through Mr. Baguma Thomas.”

Maiga said he sent a “hand written note to the academic registrar, expressing my decision to withdraw from the process given the circumstances,” adding, “I do not seek to petition the process but the purpose of this letter is therefore to add clarity to my decision at that time and to set the record straight.”

In another correspondence seen by this Corp, Maiga tells fellow lecturer, Paul Bakaki: “You must know as well as I do that at CoCIS, we are factionalized and fractured. What you say at such a panel might in the near future be used against you. The decision for me to excuse myself from the process was made in that light.”

Maiga emphasized: “This incident has also had a souring effect on the previous cordial relationship between me and my Dean.”

The recent developments underline the deepening crisis at the College previously known as a centre of excellence.

Some of the top dons who have quit the College include Dr Jude Lubega (Head IT), Dr John Ngubiri (Deputy Principal), Dr Florence Tushabe (Head Computer Science), Dr Rehema Baguma (Head Information Systems), Dr Joseph Balikudembe (Head of Department networks) and Dr Maiga.

Others include Michael Niyitegeka and Drake Mirembe.

“It is widely feared that Nabukenya is trying to front her close friends especially Dr. Rwashana for the job. The College is quietly imploding,” said a source who preferred anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to press.

The College’s Communication Officer, Maria Muzaaki confirmed Maiga’s resignation.

Pressed to explain whether the Senate will go an extra mile to get an independent interviewing panel for CoCIS to avoid further fragmentation at the College, Muzaaki told Chimpreports on Tuesday: “This matter will be addressed by Academic Registrar.”


A recent internal audit at CoCIS showed gross mismanagement of the College.

The general environment of CIT was also inspected, with auditors discovering that the lift in Block B has never been installed yet there are many facilities beyond 4th floor which makes accessing higher levels of building difficult.

“The toilet facilities were not well maintained with some of them closed because of broken components,” the report noted, adding, “in addition they were dirty with stench smell noticeable in the corridors.”

This raised fresh worries about the safety of thousands of students who use the dilapidated toilet facilities and nearby lecture rooms.

The auditors observed that “general cleanliness of the College was not well attended to which posed potential negative image and health hazards.”

Block A had creeping plants growing on some parts of the building reflecting inadequate attention to the infrastructure.

The audit report also exposed cases of mismanagement, favoritism and cliques with consultants warning the once school of excellence was treading on a road to “disintegration –

Outgoing Acting Principal, Prof Ikoja recently hired the services of consultant Dr Joseph Kasumba Ssewanyana to carry out research on the crisis at the College, saying: “I am new here but within the short time I have been in, I see agony in some individuals and displeasure in others.”

Ssewanyana’s report concluded: “It is true that there is conflict within CIT and if a quick intervention is not identified, the school is moving towards disintegration. Staffs have lost morale and some are looking for opportunities to move out.”

The consultant added: “Departments are failing to function as expected. There is no team work in the school – there is lack of direction on the school.”

The consultant proposed several options of addressing the crisis but noted that “further discussion revealed that the team building could not work as the initial step as the main problem was with the personality of the Dean (Josephine Nabukenya).”

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