UGANDA: State halts search for new Makerere head

The Ugandan government has stopped the search process for a new vice-chancellor for Makerere University, Minister for Higher Education Mwesigwa Rukutana told Parliament this month, writes Gerald Bareebe for the Daily Monitor. He told the social services committee that the process would await amendments in the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, in which the government proposes advertising higher education leadership positions and the independent selection of candidates.

The move halted the process of replacing Professor Livingstone Luboobi and his deputies, Lillian Tibatwemwa and David Bakibinga, whose contracts run out this year. The minister said a recent search process initiated by the university Council was null and void.

The government also wants all other senior position, like deans and heads of departments, advertised. Education Minister Namirembe Bitamazire told the committee that government is adopting the competitive merit system to enhance effectiveness.
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