The opposition Democratic party (DP) has called on Government to dismiss Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe over persistent riots at the institution especially the very recent one of last week that left many students hospitalised with injuries sustained in confrontation with the government forces.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala today, the DP president Nobert Mao said a University should be run by professional managers and accused Nawangwe of lacking management skills.
“Some people had high expectations in Nawangwe but you cannot run a university the way he is running Makerere. I think a university should be run by professional managers who know how to run a university and who know how to manage people”
“Nawangwe has fallen short of our expectations and I think it is time for Makerere to start looking for a new Vice Chancellor. We call upon Government to dismiss him and the students themselves should add that to their demands,” said Mao
He revealed that during his reign as Makerere University Guild president, he convened a General Assembly of students and dismissed the Vice Chancellor.
Mao accompanied by Uganda Youth Democrats (UYD) Makerere chapter delegation comprised of Martine Rugamba, Joshua Muhwezi and Alex Ssemambo the chapter chairman, speaker and law student respectively called on the student leadership to use organs of the guild by passing vital resolutions saying that students contain much power since they are the primary stakeholders at the University.
The former presidential candidate noted that Makerere is an institution of higher learning which must have free expression, free thought and free research and called on Government to reconsider the kind of people appointed to manage Universities.
“You can be a professor but you can have zero management skills”.
Yesterday, the acting University Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Kakumba attributed the unrest at the institution to drug abuse.
The guild president Julius Katerega on the other side vowed not meet with University administration to find resolutions unless the suspended students such as Millie Sasirabo are reinstated.
Meanwhile, on the issue of community outreaches which the party has been conducting for months to build structures, Mao announced that they had a successful meeting in Busiro North constituency in Kakiri (this time not interrupted by the Police) and identified a number of candidates who will be trained to contest and take up various elective positions.
The outreaches are aimed at building party branches all over the country.
In the next two weeks, DP will be traversing Kampala and Wakiso starting with a meeting at St Matia Mulumba church today to bring together all DP leaders in Kampala central.