The Director Makerere Institute of Social Research Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, cordially invites you to the PhD Public Defence of Mr. Ocen Laury Lawrence scheduled to take place on 25th January, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in Seminar Room 1.
Thesis title: Reading Monuments: Politics and Poetics of Memory in Postwar Northern Uganda.
1. Assoc. Prof. Okello-Ogwang
2. Dr. Florence Ebila
I have read Ofwono Opondo's article, Makerere let's return to the basics, in the New Vision of November 20, and Mukwanason Hyuha's A reaction to Prof. Mamdani's Makerere (New vision, November 24, 2016). Both disagree with Mamdani' assertion that external financial forces, particularly led by the World Bank, adversely impacted on Makerere's funding and share part of the blame for the predicamnt of what Makerere is in today.
The current staff strike and student commotions at Makerere University are a tip of an iceberg. Staff and student activisms cannot be resolved by firefighting them with Police or other security forces. Fundamental causes of these strikes and the current governance problems must be studied, analysed and addressed to resolve current problems in our university system. Changes of vice chancellors will not resolve the problems. Neither will giving more funds to staff nor students.