I will leave Makerere if Ddumba obstructs my work, says Mamdani

Makerere University based renowned academician Prof Mahmood Mamdani, on Monday said he would not mind leaving Makerere University if the administration is not objective and obstructs his work.

Mamdani who doubles as Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) director is currently under fire for ordering closure of the MISR research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Prof Mamdani, a Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, Monday told the media he would not mind leaving Makerere University, which he “considered home”, altogether if the invetsigations are not done objectively or if he is obstructed from turning around MISR to a world-class research and teaching institute.

His remarks came shortly after Vice Chancellor Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu constituted a five-member ad hoc committee to investigate circumstances under which Dr Nyanzi stripped naked protesting closure of her office.

Prof Mamdani ordered closure of the office after Dr Nyanzi, originally employed as a research fellow, backtracked on her two-time commitment to teach doctoral students at the institute.

Nyanzi’s protest prompted the university officials to open her office.

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