Two Makerere University alumni demand Prof. Bazeyo dropped from deputy VC race over fake academic documents.
Following months of operating without a deputy to the Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University last month shortlisted three candidates to fill the gap.
Prof. William Bazeyo among two other people including Prof Anthony Mugisha, Assoc. Prof Allan Mulengani Katwalo were listed as top contenders for the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration (DVC F&A).
However, in the wake of events, two former Makerere University students have demanded the committee spearheading selection of the deputy VC to disqualify Prof. William Bazeyo out of the race due to lack of credible qualifications.
Two alumni identified by Sam Ninsiima and Amos Welikhe through their lawyers Birungi, Nalunkuma and company advocates have called for Prof. Bazeyo’s head over fake academic documents.
According to the former students, Prof. Bazeyo, who is currently serving as the acting DVCF&A obtained his PhD from Hawaii based Atlantic International University which is not accredited by agencies recognized by the United State Department of Education.
Monica Birungi, Alumni’s lawyer says that her clients have on several occasions raised the issue at hand to the University management highlighting that if the institution is not recognized then all degrees and other awards by the same university are regarded as fake and irrelevant.
In a letter dated June 29, the former students through their lawyers brought the matter before the University academic registrar, Alfred Masikye Namoah to get proper clarification about whether the international university was accredited.
Namoah in reply stated that Makerere didn’t have the mandate to give the accreditation status of any University advising them to instead address their issues to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) which they subsequently did.
In a letter dated July 29, the acting director of quality assurance and accreditation at NCHE, Dr Puis Achanga indicated that the University in question was not recognized by the council.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Atlantic International University is not accredited by the US department of education. Awards of Atlantic International University are therefore not recognized by the National Council for Higher Education,” part of the letter read.
On its official website, AIU also admits that it is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education. The institution, however, notes that it is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities which is an independent UK quality assurance body specializing in the institutional accreditation of education providers worldwide.
AUI goes on to explain how the accreditation factor may affect its potential students advising them to consider how it may affect their interests.
“In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. Potential students should consider how the above may affect their interests,” the university disclaimer reads in part.
Meanwhile, for anyone to apply for the position of deputy vice-chancellor at Makerere, he or she must be a Ugandan aged 40 to 65 at the time of application.
He or she must be holding a PhD or a Doctorate and at the level of Associate Professor in an institution whose academic ranking is in line with Makerere University.
Following yesterday’s public presentation from the three people vying for the position, Prof. Bazeyo admitted that he holds a PhD from the said university however he demanded the matter to be left to the University search committee to decide a way forward.
“Am done with my presentation. Am not talking to the press, we are now waiting for the search committee to do its job,” Prof. Bazeyo said.