Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor resigns

Dr. William Bazeyo, the Makerere University acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (DVCF&A)  who has been a subject of an inquiry over potential lack of credible academic qualifications to occupy the position has officially resigned.

Dr. Bazeyo a professor of occupational medicine sent an email to staff on Thursday telling them he had submitted his registration to the appointing authority.

“I am writing to inform you that today 8th October 2020, I have submitted my resignation from the Position of Ag DVC (F & A) to the appointing authority,” Dr. Bazeyo wrote.

“I have done this for personal and family reasons and it takes immediate effect,’ he added noting that he has also withdrawn his candidature from the on going Search process for the Substantive position of DVC (F & A).

It should be noted that in August, Dr. Bazeyo’s PhD was contested by two former students of the university.

Lawyers representing the two students petitioned the search committee and the university leadership saying that Dr. Bazeyo, acquired his PhD from an institution that is not accredited.

One of the lawyers, Ms Monica Birungi, presented documents from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) signed by the acting director for quality assurance and accreditation, Dr Pius Achanga, which stated that the Atlantic International University where Prof Bazeyo attained his PhD is not accredited.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that (Atlantic International University) is not accredited by agencies recognised by the US Department of Education. Awards of Atlantic International University are, therefore, not recognised by the NCHE,” the August 6 letter reads in part.

Ms Birungi said the first requirement for DVCF&A job is a PhD yet Prof Bazeyo does not qualify because his doctorate degree is not recognised.

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