EXCLUSIVE: Makerere Probes ICT College Wrangles

visit geneva;”>In a letter dated June 7, ambulance which Chimpreports has seen, adiposity the College’s Acting Principal Associate Prof. Constant Okello-Obura asks staff members to cooperate with the probe team.

“Dear colleagues, this is to inform you that the University Management has set up a committee to investigate into the conflicts in the College,” writes Okello-Obura.

“The committee will be here for 30 working days. They will conduct their work in room 412 (Fourth floor).”

Prof. Charles Rwabukwali (College of Humanities and Social Sciences) has been appointed as the committee chairperson.

The members are Prof. Lonzy OJok (College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity), Dr. Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, an associate Professor at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Josephine Ahikire, also an associate Professor -School of Women and Gender Studies.


Others are Peter O. Wandera, the Deputy Dean at the School of Law and Herbert Bataamye-Kyobe, a Secretary at the Department of Academic Registrar.

“We kindly request you to cooperate with them and avail them any information they shall require,” urged Okello-Obura.


Chimpreports in May exclusively reported that CoCIS was grappling with intrigue and infighting which had forced many out of the institution once considered the centre for academic excellence.

The College’s deputy chairperson, Gilbert Maiga (PhD) in May said he chose to resign the towel to reserve time “to concentrate more on the teaching, research and graduate student supervision.”

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

This website published details of 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 poured 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.

“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.”

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.”


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.


Meanhiwle, 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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