President Museveni has directed the Minister of education Janet Museveni to re-appoint Professor Wasswa Balunywa as the Principal of Makerere University Business following the expiry of his contract on May 26.
According to the letter signed by the President instructing Janet Museveni to effect the re-appointment, the president says one of the obstacles that have wasted our time, is a disoriented, pro-imperialism academia because professor Balunywa has always been on the liberation side ideology in addition to being an active administrator.
“I am writing to direct you to re-appoint Professor Wasswa Balunywa as the Principal Makerere University Business School (MUBS) for another term on the expiry of this one,” the letter reads in part.
It adds, “His institution has been free of strikes. I have never found him averse to advice the times I have interacted with him. Such a person is always good to work with.”
Professor Balunywa’s re-appointment clears the battle ground between him and Professor Vanasius Baryamureeba, the MUBS Council Chairman, with whom there has been a sharp fall out over who supervises the other.
Last week, Professor Balunywa authored a dossier questioning Professor Baryamureeba’s leadership skills to which he responded by saying he calls the shots.
In an interview last Friday, Prof. Baryamureeba questioned the methods Prof. Balunywa uses to appoint top MUBS managers insisting that he was going to advertise his position.
On Monday, Prof. Baryamureeba convened an emergency council appointing Prof. Moses Muhwezi as the acting Principal.
However before 24 hours could elapse for Prof. Muhwezi to settle, Balunywa’s re-appointment letter came in through social media at 10:00am.
Efforts to get a comment from Baryamureeba about the development were futile as he kept switching off repeated phone calls. When contacted to confirm the re-appointment, Patrick Muinda the Ministry of Education Spokespersons said he needed to verify the authenticity of the letter.