Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has applauded the embattled executive director of Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) Prof. Mahmood Mamdani.
According to president Museveni, Uganda needs people like Mamdani if it’s to overcome certain challenges.
“We need academicians to fight imperialism. I want people like Profs. Mahmood Mamdani to help us with that,” said Museveni at the ongoing cabinet retreat at Kyakwanzi.
Last month, the appointing authority decided to extend Mamdani’s contract despite the Vice Chancellor prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu’s attempts to block it.
Mid June, Ddumba wrote to the appointments board objecting to the shortlisting of Prof Mamdani in the then ongoing search for the new MISR boss.
This was after the university’s appointments board chaired by Bruce Balaba Kabaasa on June 2 agreed to shortlist Prof Mamdani for the post.
Professor Ddumba subsequently wrote to Kabaasa saying he respects the decision but objects to it because Prof Mamdani is already 70 years.
The relationship between Ddumba and Mamdani was soiled following an incident in which MISR research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi stripped naked protesting a move by Mamdani to evict her from office.
Nyanzi, a cousin to Ddumba had reportedly refused to teach doctorate students at MIS