The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has dismissed alumni and students’ calls to step down saying he will not relieve himself of his official duties despite the weekend fires that razed down the university signature building.
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Speaking to the press this morning on NBS, a bold Nawangwe rallied the public to be calm and look towards the restoration of the destroyed heritage building. “It is not only an icon but an architectural heritage. We just have to look forward to rebuilding,” says Nawangwe. The VC also said that they have resolved with the university council to launch a fundraising campaign that will be supported by students, alumni and all stakeholders.
“We have been receiving calls from alumni all over the world asking for the official channels under which they will support the restoration of the building. We shall be publishing all the formal channels,” he says.
A section of students and alumni are however tasking the learned professor to peacefully step down having failed to constrain this unprecedented destructive fire.
“In Lebanon, the government resigned after the deadly Beirut blasts, in Japan PM Shinzo Abe stepped down for mismanaging a health emergency, but in Makerere even after the fire that ravaged the historic signature building, administrators are comfortably occupying their positions,” says Mulindwa Alex, an alumnus. “Nawangwe should peacefully step down to aide investigations. Why is he rushing to restore the building,” he adds.
The fire came 2 years away from the century celebrations of the university that were slated to take place in 2022. Experts say the restoration process is likely to take 3 years. Nawangwe says they have a deadline to beat and hence will speedily restore the building so that by the time the century celebrations kick off, works will be complete. Our sources found out that the VC may not resign neither will he be sacked due to the immunity he enjoys from the first lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni. The students led by their guild president, Julius Kateregga insist that they will do all it takes to hold the university administration accountable.