Makerere Deputy VC Removed from University Whatsap Groups


The unexpected removal of Prof. Umar Kakumba as Makerere University's first deputy vice chancellor became evident when he was abruptly excluded from the leadership's WhatsApp group. This unannounced action, executed by Winston Tumps Ireeta, an associate professor of physics, left the university's officials puzzled and seeking clarity. 

The situation intensified when Deputy Registrar Patience Mushengyezi Rubabinda also removed Kakumba from the 'Mak Senate Members' group. 

Amid this confusion, a new number—apparently belonging to Dr. David Luyombya, an associate professor and head of the Department of Records and Archives Management—was added to the WhatsApp group, sparking further speculation. Efforts to reach Dr. Kakumba for comment have so far been unsuccessful. Linkhouse.

The abrupt changes have raised questions about the university's administrative processes. While Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice chancellor, acknowledged that Kakumba's contract had ended and described the changes as normal, he did not confirm if Dr. Luyombya was now acting as deputy vice chancellor. 

The removal has broader implications, potentially leaving the university without a deputy vice chancellor, as the second position remains vacant. This situation could place additional burdens on Prof. Nawangwe, consolidating multiple roles upon him.

Moreover, the involvement of Dr. Ireeta in Kakumba's removal has provoked reactions from the academic staff association, Muasa. Once supported by Muasa, Dr. Ireeta is now facing criticism for his actions, despite his reputation for hard work and commitment to the university. His dismissal from the Council and subsequent role in Kakumba's removal have led to a notable backlash.

The removal of Prof. Kakumba from his leadership position at Makerere University has exposed significant administrative challenges and interpersonal conflicts within the institution.

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