Makerere On Fire As Top Principal Resigns

try sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Chimpreports can authoritatively reveal that Prof for sale sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Joseph Omunuk, the Principal of the College of Business and Management Science (CoBAMS), called it quits early this week, protesting “management’s refusal to issue him with clear terms of service.”

The resignation has since sparked off chaos at the College, with the senior staff laying down their tools until the administration provides Omunuk with a clear contract.

In a board meeting chaired by Acting CoBAMS Principal, Eriya Hisali, senior College officials on Thursday resolved not to report to work on Monday in protest of “organizational politics that are tearing the University apart.”

The developments are likely to pile pressure on Vice Chancellor, Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu, who is accused of messing up the College.

Despite being elevated to Vice Chancellor last year, Ddumba is said to have maintained a tight grip on the operations of the College for unknown reasons.


In a leaked memo, an economics lecturer told his colleagues: “The battle has just begun to clean up this filthy College. As some in management here at the university are hell bent and determined to prevent every effort to hold them accountable for the theft and abuse of office that they have been used to, and which our new Principal was equally hell determined to put to an end.”

He added: “Brace yourselves for the battle ahead, and may God help us all!”

It remains unclear if Ddumba had a hand in Prof Omunuk’s woes as he was not readily available for comment.

“Apart from Omunuk, other College Principals have received their terms of service. Someone is frustrating him,” said a source at the University.

According to Peter Turyakira, a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Management
at the College, “objective, sincere and hardworking people are considered to be in a wrong place at Makerere.”

“Organizational politics are tearing the University apart. How do you expect a Substantive Principal to be motivated and continue offering services for close to two months without written terms and conditions of service?” he wondered in an email sent to fellow lecturers on Thursday.

“Is this happening in other University Colleges? How long does it take to write and issue terms and conditions of service? You might have heard staff in FEMA/CoBAMS complaining about minutes regarding their promotion or appointment are either doctored or disappear

Dr Ireeta, who is in charge of the MUASA welfare, noted: “If this is true, COBAMS has lost a very objective, sincere and hardworking Principal they could ever have had. I have known Prof. Omunuk as an upright gentleman from way back when he was Lecturer at the then Faculty of Commerce at the Commerce Building and then when he and Dr. Balunywa together went on to start Makerere University Business School.

“I hope this is not true because at this point in time he should be the one at the helm to help COBAMS stabilize.”

A few months ago, Makerere University set up a committee of eminent persons to investigate several cases of infighting, intrigue and power struggles that had caused an implosion at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

This followed complaints the wrangles among senior officials had forced many out of the institution once considered the centre for academic excellence.

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