On Tuesday evening, rumours circulated all over social media networks that Makerere University Vice Chancellor Ddumba Ssentamu had thrown in the towel following a lot of pressure from the University Staff. However he has refuted claims that he is resigning.
“As you can see, I am already in the office. I have several meetings throughout the day. Therefore, I don’t know anything about my resignation. Disregard it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the University Council is set to have a closed-door consultative meeting today (Wednesday) at the university campus to forge a way forward as regards the reopening on the university.
The institution was closed at the beginning of November on the directive of President Yoweri Museveni after a strike by lecturers.
All students were sent back home amid uncertainty over the university’s reopening. It’s close to two months now.
VC Ssentamu said further that the fate of January’s graduation ceremony will be discussed in today’s meeting and that details will be availed early on Thursday.
Ddumba has not been in good terms with the University stakeholders who continuously cite loopholes in his leadership.
Various stakeholders accuse him of failing the University financially, a reason they believe is causing unending strikes at the East Africa’s oldest university.
It should be remember that since this year, the university has experienced various strikes from students, non-teaching staff and academic staff over salary and incentive arrears respectively.
It is reported that Ddumba is currently experiencing unimaginable pressure as the probe committee appointed by the president continues to grill him.