Prof Balunywa Picks Instruments of Power

Prof Wasswa Balunywa has resumed work as Principal Makerere University Business School (MUBS), effectively defeating an attempted plot to remove him from office.

The University Council had appointed Associate Prof Moses Muhwezi as the acting Principal during an extraordinary meeting.

The Council resolved that Balunywa’s contract had expired hence the need to bring on board an interim leader to run the university’s administration until a new principal was appointed.

Barely a day after he was pushed out, President Museveni reappointed him as the campus’ principal.

Museveni, in a letter dated May 28th, directed his wife Janet, who is also the Education Minister to reappoint Prof Balunywa for another term.

ChimpReports now understands that Balunywa on Saturday picked instruments of re-appointment as MUBS Principal from State House Entebbe.

This means Balunywa can continue work at the prestigious business school.

The development brings to an end a culmination of months of fighting between Balunywa and the University Council Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, who accused each other of mismanaging the institution.


It remains unclear if the two will sort their differences for the smooth running of the institution

Balunywa accused Baryamureeba of embarrassing MUBS and assuming the responsibilities of the Principal.

While Education Minister Janet Museveni had instructed the Education Service Commission to start on the process of installing a new Principal, President Museveni seems to have had enough of the squabbles stirred by Baryamureeba.

“One of the obstacles that have wasted our time is a disoriented pro imperialism academia,” wrote the president to the Education Minister.

Museveni went on to heap praises onto Prof Balunywa, who he said “has been on the liberation side ideology in addition to being an active administrator.”

“His institution has been free of strikes; I have never found him averse of advice the times i have interacted with him. Such a person is always good to work with.”

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