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    I Deserve Some Respect For The Small Contribution I Have Made At MUBS – Prof. Balunywa Blasts Prof. Baryamureeba

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    (L-R) professor Wasswa Balunywa and Professor Venaciaus Baryamureeba

    Makerere University Business School (MUBS) principal professor Wasswa Balunywa has blasted Professor Venaciaus Baryamureeba for his recent Media utterances over the renuewal of his contract as MUBS principal.

    Baryamureeba was recently quoted in media saying, “On 5th March 2018, I did write on behalf of MUBS council recommending Prof. Balunywa for re-appointment as Principal MUBS and this letter was copied to Prof. Balunywa. However, I have of late learnt that as per Section 12 of the Pension Act Cap 286, Prof. Waswa Balunywa does not meet the eligibility criteria for re-appointment as a Principal of public tertiary institution since he was born on 3rd December 1955 and is already above the mandatory retirement age of 60. As a result of this legal requirement, a principal of a public tertiary institution is required to vacate office on attaining the age of sixty years.”

    In the letter below, Prof. Balunywa tries to answer Baryamureeba:

    BALUNYWA ANSWERS BARYAMUREEBA

    May 24, 2018

    Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba,

    Council Chairman

    MUBS

    Dear Prof. Baryamureeba,

    RE: VARIOUS CORRESPONDENCES IN THE PRESS ATTRIBUTED TO YOU

    As my contract comes to an end, I have reflected on the various things that are taking place at the moment, the various articles in newsletters and posts in social media and I have thought that it will be unfortunate if I left without either responding to them or clarifying on the various issues that you have raised as Chairman of Council have said or done.

    i) MUBS has been and I believe continues to be a wonderful institution which we have served diligently going through numerous challenges as is expected in anybody’s life or organization life. We have built an institution with a very high reputation, admired by all and sundry.

    ii) At the request of the then Minister of Education and Sports, I recommended you to MUBS Management and we nominated as a member of the Council from the public and we agreed internally that given the support you gave us when you were Vice Chancellor Makerere University, your academic credentials and knowledge of the education sector, we should support you to be Chairman of Council and this indeed came to pass. While you were not perfect, you did a great job during the first term a basis of which we gave you a second term. This was despite advice from numerous people who had worked or interacted with you.

    iii) During your term, you and I communicated in various ways and met to discuss institutional issues and find solutions. I believe we both know one another’s weaknesses in our interactions. However, with time I noted a breakdown in this communication especially when you would take decisions in Council that were against Management’s positions including silencing those who wanted to speak in meetings. This is common knowledge among different Council members though in the African culture, there is a saying that when a king is naked, you never say he is naked. This matter is in the grapevine in the institution. Many members were surprised you chose to listen to individuals rather than the collective voice of Management.

    iv) Your actions have led to a schism within MUBS staff based on those who are said to be your supporters and the rest of the innocent staff who do not know what is taking place. It is those staff who have actually indicated to many people in the institution that you had aspirations of becoming the Principal and subsequently the Vice Chancellor. It is said, I hope it not true, that you wanted MUBS to attain university status after I have left so that rather be the Principal, you will be the Vice Chancellor of MUBS.

    v) In January this year, you wrote me a very abusive email (Annexure I) humiliating me and on reflecting on it and after consultation with various Members of Council, I did not respond because I wanted to build goodwill in the institution. In one of the meetings, I am on record having stated that you should not micro-manage the institution and you should give Management an opportunity to do its work.

    vi) As you chose to become the Executive Chairman of MUBS Council (a chairman who handles day to day issues of the institution), you decided to act on many issues without consultation with the substantive Principal or your colleagues in Council. Among the things you did are the following;

    a) Chose to interfere in the process by an appeal by staff who had been dismissed (Annexure II). While you were Chairman of Council, there is a substantive Chairman of Appointments Board which had taken a decision on these staff. It should have been the Chairman of the Appointments Board to inquire if at all on the fate of the process of appeal. It was unprofessional that having decided to dismiss the staff you personally went ahead to find out whether they had appealed or not. This was definitely interfering in a job that was not yours.

    b) Management sat and did its job and decided to write to the Solicitor General over this matter. Before Management wrote, you took it upon yourself to write to the Solicitor General (Annexure III) and personally followed up to get responses from there. I would imagine this would be influence peddling if it is true. If you did not, forgive me for saying so.

    c) The Permanent Secretary, Minister of Education and Sports wrote to me regarding an appeal by Irene Namugenyi (Annexure IV). Before I would respond, you had already written to the Permanent Secretary doing my job (Annexure V). I found myself without words to write to the Permanent Secretary. Given what had transpired in your letters to the Solicitor General and to management, I chose not to respond because I would have contradicted you.

    d) Recently, Makerere University gave us instructions to raise fees (Annexure VI). I responded to the Vice Chancellor and we had an amicable agreement over this matter but before I knew it, you wrote a letter (Annexure VII) which was also availed to the press. Again taking over a responsibility that is not yours. We were embarrassed by these correspondences.

    e) Dr. Geofrey Kituyi who was recently elected Dean of the Faculty of Vocational and Distance Education wrote to the Chairman of Appointments Board (Annexure VIII) regarding his instruments following his election. While Kituyi’s letter was also misdirected, you chose to respond to him to the embarrassment of all of us, yourself, Appointments Board and Management (Annexure IX).

    These are issues of governance and the ideal situation is the Chairman of Council to seek clarification and/or guidance from the Principal rather than deal with the matters himself because if he does so, he is undermining the authority of the Principal and Management. He is taking over the day to day management of the institution which is micro-management. This is what you have been doing.

    vii) Sometime in March, I received a copy of your letter to the Minister of Education and Sports recommending me for reappointment for the position of Principal (Annexure X). I was shocked because you did not consult me. I later on gathered that you did not circulate this letter other than to the Council members. I have come to believe that your recommendation was in bad faith and was intended to pre-empt my expression of interest to continue as Principal of MUBS if I had so wished. I have been serving MUBS with various objectives in mind and despite the recent destabilization of the institution by some of your decisions, I am satisfied that I have made my contribution not only to the institution but also to the country.

    viii) Following some articles in the online press (Annexure XI & XII), I was invited by His Excellency the President over these articles. As a fountain of honor I cannot divulge our discussions because it will be a breach of trust however the conclusion was I should continue to serve MUBS since you had recommended me.

    ix) I have learnt that on receipt of the copy of the letter to the Minister of Education and Sports to His Excellency the President, you chose to disown your first letter recommending me for the position. You appeared on NBS and I have seen comments attributed to you in the press (Annexure XIII) that I am not eligible for re-appointment as Principal of MUBS arising from an obscure law. I believe the Pensions Act is what you have cited. This law has nothing to do with appointment of Principals of Public Tertiary Institutions or for that matter even public universities. Having been a Vice Chancellor of a university, I am sure you know the age of the different former and current Vice Chancellors in the country.

    x) The various press reports have attempted create a negative image about me to the Minister and First lady. I believe your intention is to anger the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, the other Ministers of Education, the Permanent Secretary and make me a villain (Annexure XIII, XIV). I believe that the people concerned have no knowledge about me and my conduct but you have successfully alienated me from them. Unfortunately, not only have you succeeded in damaging my reputation but you have also been able to taint the image of MUBS and I believe from the various comments I have seen on social media, many members of the public have not spared you either.

    xi) As Chairman of Council, you should have provided leadership on this process of transition instead you have caused confusion. Staff are divided, students are irritated and the institution is in turmoil. You should have put in place a mechanism to manage a transition possibly you should have consulted me whether I wanted to continue as Principal instead you chose to recommend and subsequently discredit me. This is not good leadership.

    xii) I had heard that you had availed the anonymous documents that had been moving round that were authored by the person who the School dismissed recently. You are aware that this person had sexually harassed numerous members of staff and student and this was a reason he was dismissed. However, he had in the process authored numerous documents intended to divert the attention of the School from his actions. Your email to me of January refers. From the Mulengera post, the concluding remark refers to these documents. Deep down in your heart, you know the truth but like I have now come to learn, when you disagree with somebody, you use everything available to you including falsities to discredit that person. I recall you telling me about the interpretation of your name.

    xiii) Indeed as I have said, I would like to leave MUBS with honor and this honor is entirely in your hands as Chairman of Council. I have supported you since you took over as Vice Chancellor in Makerere University, in your term as Chairman of Council and I do not think I deserve this kind of treatment. I am not a perfect person but I believe I deserve some respect for the small contribution I have made.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Prof. Waswa Balunywa, PhD

    Principal

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    Fight For Gulu University Top Leadership Positions Deepens, Faculty Of Law Dean Dr. Shadat Rushes To Court Over His Dismissal…

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    Gulu University Dean Faculty of Law Dr. Shadat Mohmeded (inset top R) and the VC Professor George Openjuru (inset bottom R)

    The fight within the top leadership at Gulu University has deepened after Dr. Shadat Mutyaba Ssemakula Mohmeded the Dean Faculty of Law rushed to the High Court challenging his dismissal.

    In his affidavit, Dr. Shadat Mutyaba told Court that the university top management acted in blatant disregard of his fundamental rights with apparent bias, trickery and double prejudice against him.

    He explained that his troubles with the university leadership started in October 2023 when David Obol Otori the University Secretary served him a letter asking him to attend a top management meeting on 25th October 2023.

    He added that on the set date, some members of the University Management Committee informed him that they are in another meeting with Professor George Openjuru the University Vice Chancellor.

    However, on the same day in the evening, Obol summoned him for the meeting at 3pm.

    When he asked why he was summoned, Obol told him that he will get to know the charges against him during the meeting.

    When the meeting sat, it was chaired by the VC Prof. Openjuru, others in the meeting were; Associate professor David Okello Owiny, the Deputy Vice Chancellor; John Nyeko University the Bursar; Dr. Jerry Bagaya, Academic Registrar; Perez Matsiko, Chief ICT; Asaf Adebua Chief Planning and Development; Omar Moses Legal Officer; Agnes Oliver Ator Senior Human Resource and Hebert Manana who stood in for the University Librarian.

    During the meeting, Dr. Shadat Mutyaba said that he asked the Vice Chancellor why he commissioned John Okello to investigate him and compel him to resign.

    The VC Prof. Openjuru declined to answer his question but Obol protested Dr. Shadat Mutyaba’s question insisting that his question was diversionary, and that the meeting should proceed and the VC should continue questioning him.

    He claimed that when he was done questioning him, the Vice Chancellor directed other members in the meeting to also ask him questions including him clarifying on the alleged inconsistencies in regards to the names on his documents.

    Because of the many questions that were being fired at him, he reached a point when he informed the meeting that he was fatigued and stepped out for a break.

    Shadat said that when the meeting resumed, the Vice Chancellor informed him that there were further questions which needed explanation but they didn’t have time.

    He was told that the University top management will communicate to him later.

    He divulged that on 27th October 2023, he received a letter from the Office of the University Secretary informing him of more Top Management questions which required answers. He directed his lawyers on 3rd November 2023 to file a request for extension of time which was sent to the University Secretary through email and also physically.

    Dr. Shadat explained that on 10th November, 2023, the University Secretary communicated to him that he had not replied within the required seven days.

    He however allowed him to submit more information concerning his defense which he protested through his lawyer.

    He was directed to appear before the University Appointment Board on 7th December, 2023.

    On December 1st 2023, the University Secretary through a WhatsApp message told him that he had failed to respond to the University queries and on 8th of the same month, he attended the Appointment board where he was kept waiting until 8.00pm in the company of his lawyer Nasser Badiru Higenyi.

    “That on 9th December 2023, I was called by the Registrar of Records through my mobile to check my email, which I did on Saturday and I found the interdiction letter. Later on, I found the interdiction letter on the Gulu University Academic Staff Association (GUASA), WhatsApp group, the independent online and observer publication.  On 24th January 2024, I received a letter to appear before the Appointments Board,” Shadat’s affidavit reads in parts.

    He insists that the University top management sealed his fate when it was not duly constituted either under the Human Resources Manual or the University and other Tertiary institutions Act.

    He added that he was not given the investigation report which was presented to the Appointment Board to decide his fate since to the best of his knowledge, the meeting was null and void.

    He told Court that University Officials acted in a malicious and scandalous manner against him by subjecting him to grave injustice, mental anguish, deprived his self-esteem and career direction for which he prayed that Gulu University is found vicarious liable in general damages.

    Dr. Shadat further produced evidence showing that his academic record is very clean and that he is ready to produce all the persons he studied with from primary school to university in England.

    He narrated that he obtained his Master of Law at Kingston University and PhD from Brunel University all in London.

    His legal documents were confirmed by England’s Solictor’s Regulation Authority of England and Wales in July 2020.

    He explained that when he came back into the country, he went to the National Council for Higher Education to certify his academic papers. He then presented them to Gulu University before he was given a job.

    He added that he is the only person who went to the National Council for Higher Education to certify the academic papers he obtained from abroad. Other staff including those on the university top management didn’t bother.

    It is on these grounds that he pleaded with the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to pick interest into the matter.

    He alleged that his troubles started when he hosted the end of year Law Dinner at the university which was graced by; Supreme Court Justice Mike Chibita, Justice and Constitutional affairs minister Norbert Mao, Archbishop John Baptist Odama and other government and cultural dignitaries.

    “From that point onwards, the university Vice Chancellor and other top university management officials started seeing me as a threat. They have been fighting me because of my tribe and religion,” Dr. Shadat said.

    He added that for some time now, he has been getting death threats from unknown people who have been trailing him in a Toyota Hiace.

    He even reported the matter to police and other security agencies.

    He further accused the university Vice Chancellor and the university secretary of having a malicious agenda to character assassinate him through staging fabricated accusations including giving marks after having sex with university girls.

    He pleaded with the first lady, who is also the Minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni to intervene basing on Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka’s legal opinion given that he was even subjected to the university Appointment Board illegally.

    The University has not yet filed their defense.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Gulu University Law Graduates In Fear Of Losing Their Degrees After Faculty Head Is Interdicted On Tribal Grounds…

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    David Obol Otori (L), Dr. Shadat Mutyaba Ssemakula (C) and Prof. Openjur (R)

    Gulu university graduates from 2016 are in fear of losing their degrees after the faculty head was interdicted on alleged tribal grounds.

    On December 8, 2023 David Obol Otori, the Gulu University Secretary wrote to Dr. Shadat Mutyaba Ssemakula Mohmeded, the Dean Faculty of Law interdicting him while the top university management proceeds with investigations into his academic papers and other personal information.

    Otori claims that there were changes in names particularly on Dr. Shadat’s Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) and Diploma in Laws documents.

    He put him to task to provide substantive evidence showing that they were legally completed.

    However, theGrapevine has learnt that there is a section of concerned citizens who are set to petition Prof. Dr. Eli Katunguka- Rwakishaya the chairperson of National Council for High Education asking him to force Gulu University to recall all law degrees awarded to graduates during the tenure of Dr. Shadat.

    One of the persons who petitioned Prof. Katunguka said that a person who lacks the required academic papers cannot supervise and pass graduates because he lacks the expertise and knowledge to do so.

    “The Dean of a faculty is a very important person because he or she is responsible for overseeing the functioning of the Faculty, mentoring and supporting faculty members, and attracting suitable persons to teach at the Faculty. The Dean is expected to lead the process of curriculum and pedagogy review at the Faculty. The Dean should enrich interaction and professional experience of faculty members. So, the degrees of Gulu University graduates are questionable,” a petitioner said.

    Gulu University Vice Chancellor Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Thursday that the University realized the inconsistencies in Shadat papers during a recent validation exercise for all staff.

    He added that they hadn’t paid much attention to the accused’s academic documents since joining the University in 2016 until recently when he was asked to provide certified copies and also offer more clarification on the discrepancies detected.

    When contacted, Dr. Shadat said, “I was written to, with a week’s notice to appear before the appointment board. I sat for 7hrs, and when I was called up, they just apologized before my lawyers and myself,” he said.

    He added Dan Norrach Odongo who was the chairman of the meeting told him that he will be called the next day to present his case.

    Unfortunately, he instead got an interdiction letter on that very day at 7:30pm.

    Dr. Shadat insists that the university secretary didn’t have jurisdiction to write to him the interdiction letter since the matter has already been referred to the appointment board which has never sat to listen to the complaints against him.

    He explained to theGrapevine that his academic record is very clean and that he is ready to produce all the persons he studied with from primary school to university in England.

    He revealed that he started his education from Kisozi Ranches primary school where he studied from up to primary four.

    He later join Bwara Primary School in Masaka district and the school confirmed that he sat his Primary Leaving Education (PLE).

    Among the pupils he study with is celebrated NBS Television news anchor Rukh- Shana Namuyimba Kitaka, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CMI) boss Dean Kaare, Adam Sendegeya and others.

    After primary, he joined Gombe Secondary School and his headmaster was Hajji Lubega Waggwa.

    He sat for his O-Level at Kawempe Muslim Secondary School and his headmaster was Hajji Matovu.

    Among the students he studied with is Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) lawyer Musa Kabega, High Court judge Faruk Lubega among others.

    He attended his A-Level at Kibibi Secondary School and among his Old boys is Nasser Basajjabalaba a city businessman, Abdru Kayongo and others.

    After A-Level, he traveled to England for further studies and obtained his Bachelor of Law from Kingston University, he did a Diploma course as a Solicitor and qualified as a barrister and started practicing law in England.

    He obtained a Master of Law at Kingston university and PhD from Brunel University all in London.

    His legal documents were confirmed by England’s Solictor’s Regulation Authority of England and Wales in July 2020.

    He explained that when he came back, he went to the National Council for Higher Education to certify his academic papers which was done.

    He then presented them to Gulu University before he was given a job.

    He added that he is the only person who went to the National Council for Higher Education to certify the academic papers he obtained from abroad.

    Other staff including university top management didn’t bother. It is on these grounds that he pleaded with the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to pick interest into the matter.

    He claimed that his troubles started when he hosted the end of year Law Dinner at the university which was graced by; Supreme Court Justice Mike Chibita, Justice and Constitutional affairs minister Norbert Mao, Archbishop John Baptist Odama and other government and cultural dignitaries.

    “From that point, the university Vice Chancellor and other top university management started thinking that I was threatening to take over their offices which is not true. They have been fighting me because of my tribe and religion,” Dr. Shadat said.

    He added that for some time now, he has been getting death threats from unknown people who have been trailing him in a Toyota Hiace.

    He reported the matter to police and other security agencies.

    He accused the university Vice Chancellor and the university secretary of having a malicious agenda to character assassinate him through staging fabricated accusations including giving marks after having sex with university girls.

    He pleaded with the first lady, who is also the Minister of Education and sports, to intervene in his matter so that he receives justice because he is also a Ugandan.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    REVEALED: 30-year-old Investor Injects Billions In First Ever International School In Masaka…

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    On the Matanga hill in Masaka city is seated a 10-acre world class Hill View primary school Matanga with international standards and educational services despite teaching a local curriculum.

    The school which is yet to celebrate its one year anniversary has been an academic hub in Greater Masaka and the country at large due to its balanced curriculum which offers all-round well balanced education to children from different backgrounds.

    Our in depth research has proven that in just a space of a few months, the school proprietor has invested over 2 billion Shillings in the school in terms of educational services and infrastructure.

    Who is behind this mega project?

    Our investigations have revealed that 30-year-old Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu alias Mwana wa Taata, a Buganda based journalist, life coach and business man who mainly deals in hardware stores, all the way from Busubi Village Lwengo District is the proprietor of Hill View Primary school Matanga.

    Our team contacted the proprietor Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu, a humble and down to earth soft speaking gentleman and throughout our eight minutes conversation with him, he remained lip tight on whether he owns the multibillion school.

    However this was not shocking due to his nature of being a reserved person whose strength and weak points are hard to determine.

    We made an impromptu visit to the school and the first impression at the gate gives you a clear picture of how an international school must be. With unmatched conducive environment and well set up infrastructures, the school is seated on Matanga hills with a cool breeze from Lake Birinzi.

    After introducing ourselves we were directed to the office of the public relations officer of the school who took us through what makes the school stand out among other schools in the area and the country at large.

    A humble and jolly but equally principled PRO Nambaziira Mariam told us that the school is systematically run starting from the School management committee, head teacher and his deputies, heads of departments, Heads of section, non-teaching staff and the pupils’ leaders.

    She told us that the question of ownersip doesn’t arise since he is not involved in the day to day running of the school.

    She however revealed that at the grand opening of the school on 30th November 2023, the owner will be made known to the public.

    What makes Hill View Primary school Matanga unique?

    Pupils are only required to clear school fees and their personal necessities because other requirements like; school uniform, mattresses, basins, jerry cans among others are provided for by the school.

    We noticed that Hill View Primary School Matanga provides a balanced nutritious diet to the pupils. It also offers co-curricular activities especially; games, sports, aerobics, music, dance and drama with each item having its independent facility.

    As we toured the school, we found a new three stored flat building being erected.

    What is its capacity?

    According to Nambaziira, more structures are to be set up and once completed, the school will accommodate about 3000 boarding ambassadors as they are referred to in their school language.

    To have a virtual view of this impressive paradise, you can visit; website at www.hillviewmatanga.com

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