NAKAWA – Former presidential candidate and Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Venansious Baryamureeba has had his nomination to the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) council revoked following his failed attempts to block the renewal of the contract of the school Principal Prof. Waswa Balunywa early this year.
In an August 14 letter issued by Mr Francis Yosa the Secretary to the MUBS Council, Prof. Baryamureeba powers as MUBS governing council member were withdrawn with immediate effect by members who cited lack of confidence in his leadership.
“Accordingly, you hereby cease to be a member of the MUBS council with immediate effect,” Mr Yosa wrote adding that “I have been asked by MUBS Council to thank you for your service”.
Quoting sections in the Universities and other Tertiary Institution Act 2001, Mr Yosa quoted the powers to withdraw Prof. Baryamureeba as vested into the Council via section 40 (2) (d) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 (as amended).
“(The Council) resolved to withdraw its mandate given to you as its member representing the public appointed under section 38(1) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 with immediate effect,” Mr Yosa wrote.
In a meeting chaired by Prof. Sam Luboga and attended by all the 24 Council members including the Defence and Veterans Affairs state minister Col. Bright Rwamirama, Kitgum woman MP, Beatrice Anywar and Guild President Julius Ntende, members decided to sack the Council Chairman citing.
In May, Prof. Baryamureeba was on the spotlight as he tried to force Prof. Balunywa out of MUBS after the latter’s contract expired but in a major slap on his face, President Museveni directed First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni to renew the contract.
President Museveni’s unequivocal directive arrived on May 29, a day after Prof. Baryamureeba had convened a Council meeting that replaced Prof. Balunywa with his deputy Prof. Moses Muhwezi.
Mr Museveni in his directive said the amiable Professor Balunywa has always been on the right side of the liberation ideology and has given the MUBS institution good leadership without strikes.
“I have never found him averse to advice the few times I have interacted with him. Such a person is always good to work with,” Mr Museveni wrote.
The new term extended Prof. Balunywa’s tenure at the helm of the government institution to more than two decades.
Mr Isaac Ngobya, the deputy Council Chairman has since replaced Prof. Baryamureeba as the new Chairman.