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Uganda protests move to suspend ESAMI director Martin Lwanga

ESAMI Director General, Assoc. Prof. Martin Lwanga (L), in a photo with Mr Vincent Bagiire (R), the Permanent Secretary of Uganda's Foreign Affairs Ministry (Photo/ESAMI)

Kampala, (UG):- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Uganda has warned the East African Management Institute (ESAMI) over its plans to suspend its director-general, Dr Martin Lwanga.

The ministry on March 4, 2024, wrote to the Governing Board of ESAMI seeking clarification about “the status of the Institute’s current and 5th Director General.”

“The Ministry has learnt that the Institute’s 5th Director General, Dr Martin Lwanga, a distinguished Ugandan national who was appointed on 19th December 2022, has been served with notice of a motion for decision by the Governing Board for his immediate suspension,” a letter seen by this website reads. 

“If true, then Uganda seeks to be made aware of circumstances under which such decisions could be made outside of due process within the workings of the Institution whose membership is set up by Charter as an Intergovernmental Organization and operating under rules of procedure,” the letter added. 

Uganda said it was proud to have been a founding member of the Institute, which is recognized today as a “Centre of Excellence” in the provision of leadership and management development programmes. 

Uganda warns on machination of ESAMI Board

However, Uganda expressed concern about the machinations of the institute’s board of governors.

“Uganda remains convinced that the Governing Board of the Institute, whose role is to provide overall policy guidance and direction in the execution of ESAMI’s mandate shoulders the prime responsibility, under the trust of its members, for ensuring and demonstrating astute governance in its relations with relevant organs as well as the Executive Committee,” Uganda warned.

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“In this regard, due process remains absolutely essential,” said Uganda in the letter copied to ESAMI’s founding members.

A report initially published by an online publication; ChimpReports indicated that Dr Lwanga blocked attempts by top officials of the institute to misuse its resources hence the harassment and decision to get rid of him. 

Dr Lwanga sits at ESAMI’s headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania where his appointment was seen as a major milestone for the renowned institution, as it marked the first time a Ugandan had risen to head the Sub-Saharan institute. He replaced Zambian Professor, Bonard Mwape.


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ESAMI is a Tanzania-based international university owned by several member states of the East African region.

The founding members of the institution include; Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Since its establishment in 1979 on the foundations of the former East African Management Institute, ESAMI has evolved to become a beacon of excellence in leadership and management development across the African continent, resulting in the empowerment of over 85,000 middle and top-level African personnel with relevant skills and knowledge to navigate today’s dynamic and evolving global environment. 

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