KAMPALA — Dr. William Bazeyo, the Makerere University acting Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) who has been a subject of an inquiry over potential lack of credible academic qualifications to occupy the position has officially resigned.
Dr. Bazeyo a professor of occupational medicine sent an email to staff on Thursday telling them he had submitted his resignation to the appointing authority.
“I am writing to inform you that today 8th October 2020, I have submitted my resignation from the Position of Ag DVC (F & A) to the appointing authority,” Dr. Bazeyo wrote.
“I have done this for personal and family reasons and it takes immediate effect,’ he added noting that he has also withdrawn his candidature from the on going Search process for the Substantive position of DVC (F & A).
Two former Makerere University students in August this year petitioned the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) to investigate the shortlisting of Bazeyo for the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration-DVCF&A
Sam Ninsiima and Amos Weliki opposed Prof. Bazeyo’s shortlisting on grounds that he lacked credible academic qualifications.
The duo noted that whereas eligible candidates are required to possess a Ph.D. from a recognized institution, Prof. Bazeyo obtained his Ph.D. from the Hawaii based Atlantic International University, which isn’t recognized by the United State Department of Education.
The National Council for Higher Education has backed the duo’s argument.
Prof. Bazeyo had emerged best in the search process that was held in 2019. However, the high court quashed the entire process on grounds that it was ‘unfair and unlawful’. But, before a new search committee was instituted to repeat the process, Pro. Bazeyo was reappointed in acting capacity.
The University is yet to issue any official communication to this effect.