The ruling NRM electoral commission chairperson, Tanga Odoi, has described the leadership at Makerere university headed by Vice Chancellor Prof Ddumba Ssentamu, as the worst so far.
“The problem at Makerere University has always been leadership,” Odoi said while appearing on NBS TV Thursday, adding, “This administration has been the worst in the last 5 years.”
Odoi says money flow at Makerere keeps going down on top of poor communication between management and the student body.
Odoi who is part of the Makerere University Council, cheered President Yoweri Museveni for closing the university this week, saying the president made the right decision.
Odoi said there was total anarchy coming in.
“Lecturers teach full rooms with all students expected to pay before exams yet after exams, administration says there is no money. Yes, the students were unhappy about not having classes but that doesn’t give them the right to loot. I condemn that!”
Odoi blamed the chaos on a breakdown in communication at Makerere University.
He said, for example, plans to clear February arrears (out of 10 months) wasn’t communicated.
Lecturers were ready to return to class but plans to pay them February arrears were not communicated clearly by administration.
“President did the timely thing. This timely closure should be used to correct the wrongs.”
Odoi says a commission of inquiry to look into how Makerere University money is spent should be set up because there are suspicions money is misused.
“Makerere University should not reopen before a thorough probe. If it takes 4 months, let’s wait. Otherwise, nothing will change.”
He said all stakeholders including the non-teaching staff should have representatives in this inquiry.
“I had faith in Prof Baryamureeba [former VC]. I fought hard for him to be Vice Chancellor. Currently, tribalism is riling Makerere University. There is a lot of rot Makerere University currently. Makerere needs restructuring but first, we need an inquiry.”