Former Director of the Uganda National AIDS Control Program, Dr Warren Namara has succeeded Dr Ben Mbonye as the Chairperson of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Council after the latter’s term of office came to an end.
Dr. Mbonye who has been the chairperson of MUST University council has handed over office to Namara who will now chair the 7th university council for four years and is eligible for reappointing one more term.
Mbonye has chaired both the 5th and 6th council serving for 8 years.
According to an anonymous source, the Seventh council was dissolved on June 21, 2019, in a meeting held in Kololo, Kampala.
However, Dr Namara takes over at a critical moment when the university staff are on strike demanding that the Vice Chancellor, Prof Celestino Obua together with the university secretary, Melchior Byaruhanga who are accused of mismanagement, step down.
Namara held his first Council meeting on July 3 and is chairing a second meeting of the full council on July 12.
Prof Obua has also refused the appraisal report findings and there is a likelihood to conduct another one.
According to some university staff, finalists could miss the graduation set for October 2019 since lecturers are on strike and have refused to approve students’ marks on time.
“All the faculty lecturers have refused to approve students’ marks and you know the students are returning on 10th of August 2019. Freshers are coming on 3rd which means that for the first time, the finalists are unable to get their results and that may affect the holding of the graduation ceremony slated 26th October 2019,” one of the staff who preferred anonymity told SoftPower News.
About Dr Namara
Dr Warren Namara is a Ugandan public health physician and infectious disease epidemiologist. He graduated from Makerere University Medical School. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS programs in the East, Southern, Central and West Africa for over two decades.
Namara conducted research on STDs and HIV in Kenya Medical Research Institute before attaining a Masters Degree in Public Health at Nairobi University Medical School.
He has previously served as the Uganda National AIDS Control Program epidemiologist and was later appointed the Director of the Program. He advised the President on matters relating to HIV.
The physician has worked with the World Bank in reorganizing health services which had been disrupted by the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He later worked with UNAIDS in Rwanda.
He is published and holds a number of qualifications from the University of Tropical Medicine, University of California in the Centre of AIDS Prevention Services, and University of Leicester.
In 2016, he contested for the position on the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs.