Led by Dr Edward Kirumira, the candidates said they wanted Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba to first step down as head of the Senate.
They argued that as the Senate boss, Baryamureeba will have a chance to scrutinize the report from the Search Committee on the presentations made by candidates, arguing such a process would be flawed and unfair.
“Baryamureeba chairs the Senate committee that will receive and examine the report from the search committee. You can not be a candidate and at the same time a member of a body that will decide the outcome of the process,” said Dr Kirumira.
“Baryamureeba must first step aside till the end of the search process,” said Kirumira.
Other reasons given included inadequate time to prepare presentations.
8:00am: Seven contestants for the post of Vice Chancellor of Makerere University have Monday started giving public presentations as the race heats up.
The session kicked off at 8:45am in the Council Room of the Main Building at the University.
The Search Committee for Makerere University Vice Chancellor on July 16 started conducting interviews aimed at identifying the suitable candidates, whose names will be to be submitted to the University Senate by the end of this month.
On June 28, the Committee closed receiving applications with nine applicants who included Professors Venansius Baryamureeba, Tonny J. Oyana, Bizimenyera, Augustus Nuwagaba, Edward K. Kirumira, E. Katunguka Rwakishaya, Ddumba Ssentamu, Barnabas Nawangwe and Elisam Magara.
The Search Committee then held a retreat to scrutinize the nine applications.
Seven candidates were shortlisted after Magara and Bizinyera pulled out of the race.
Observers tell Chimpreports.com that Baryamureeba is facing a stiff challenge from economist Nuwagaba and Post Graduate School boss Katunguka as he moves to maintain his coveted job.