The war between Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu and the executive director of the university’s Institute of Social Research (MISR) Prof Mahmood Mamdani had taken a new twist with the former objecting to renewal of the latter’s contract.
Ddumba has written to the appointments board objecting to the shortlisting of Prof Mamdani in the ongoing search for the new MISR boss.
On June 2, the university’s appointments board chaired by Bruce Balaba Kabaasa agreed to shortlist Prof Mamdani for the post, a decision Prof Ddumba says he respects but objects to because Prof Mamdani is already 70 years.
In a June 21 letter to Balaba, Prof Ddumba states, “I am making this objection to ensure that university policies are observed and to avoid making precedent. Therefore, I urge the appointments board not to shortlist Prof Mamdani for the position of director at MISR.”
The relationship between the two was soiled following an incident in which MISR research fellow Stella Nyanzi stripped naked protesting a move by Mamdani to evict her from her office.
Nyanzi, a cousin to Ddumba had reportedly refused to teach doctorate students at MISR.
Meanwhile, Nyanzi said she cannot sleep due to the excitement following the possible exit of Mamdani.