President Yoweri K. Museveni has appointed a committee of nine people, which will visit, and inquiry into the affairs of Makerere University.
This is contained in a letter the Chancellor Makerere University, Ezra Suruma, and copied to Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports and Dr. Abel Rwendeire.
In the letter dated 14th November, 2016, Museveni tells Suruma: “As you know, the nearly 40 million people of Uganda, are part of the presently 1.25 billion people of Africa.”
He says the African people have had alot of problems in the last 2500 years.
Without going into details, the African people have suffered from external invasions, slave trade, colonisation, and marginalisation, Museveni notes.
“They have also lagged behind in science and technology, yet they were the pioneers of civilization and knowledge (e.g. ancient Egypt). This is all in spite of sitting atop incredible natural resources in the form of agricultural land, forest resources, fresh water resources, ocean resources, hydro-power potential, minerals, etc.”
After valiantly resisting colonialism, assisted by some friendly forces in the world, the Africans started rolling back the phenomenon of colonialism in the 1950s, he continues.
“Nevertheless, although reasonable gains have been registered, the suffering of the African people continues in a number of places such as Libya, Nigeria, Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi, Somalia, Central African Republic, Mali, etc., in addition to the continued under development of many parts of the continent.”
Museveni further writes saying scholarship, if it is not to be barren (enguumba), should make it its task to illuminate the causes of and the answers to these problems the African people have faced in the last 2500 years in both the social sciences and the natural sciences.
“They should, of course, also study the goings on, past and present, in the wider world, but never forgetting to focus on the problems of Africa and its constituent parts.”
He said it is for these reasons that he is setting up a Visitation Committee to conduct an Enquiry into Makerere University.
“This is not the first time I have set up such a visitation committee.”
He said the new committee will review the reports of the old committees, find out what was implemented or not implemented and why, as well as making new recommendations if necessary.
“Therefore, In the Exercise of the Powers vested in the President by Section 26 of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, I have appointed a Visitation Committee of Inquiry into the affairs of the university.”
The Committee is comprised of the following: Dr. Abel Rwendeire who will be its Chairperson and Lady Justice Keturah Katunguka as his Deputy Chairperson.
Other members include; Hon. Tim Lwanga, Dr. Florence Muranga , Dr. Proscovia Namubiru Sentamu , Mr. John F. S. Muwanga, Dr. Paul Musasizi, Dr. Kisoro and Eng. Lumu.
The Committee will commence work immediately.