Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo is a member of Makerere University Council appointed by Government. George Omunyokol, the Chairperson Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal, says they are ready to resume since the University Council sent its representative.
Law dons contend that it was unconstitutional and unlawful for Management to suspend or otherwise purport to discipline any leader of staff association or union for any act done in furtherance of their staff association or union interests.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga tasked Education and Sports Minister to brief Parliament on the issues of Makerere university before end of week and its plans to ensure continuity at the University.
On January 17th, 2019, Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe suspended Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association- MUASA for alleged indiscipline and inciting staff.
Now, three staff Associations including Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA, National Union of Educational Institutions of Uganda-NUEI and Makerere University Administrative Staff Association-MASA have tasked the university to reinstate their leaders.
The Chairperson of Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association Dr Grace Lubaale told Uganda Radio Network that lecturers will remain off duty until their issues are cleared. Dr Lubaale told the staff to remain home until government clears the arrears of the proposed salary enhancement.
Nawangwe said the allegation about the University Council and the Appointments Board was unsubstantiated, adding that the move and the communication about the same, sent to Education and Sports Minister Janet Museveni were extremely arrogant, very disrespectful and provocative.
MUASA chairperson Dr Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu accuses the Vice-chancellor of trying to cover up the rot in the University, by threatening staff who come up to expose excesses like irregular appointments and mismanagement of University land, among other issues.
Amos Dembe Ashaba, the General Secretary of the Makerere University Administrative Staff Association Masa said government should harmonise staff salaries in public universities so as to avert strikes in future.
The vote, which brings hope for the reopening of the University, was held during an emergency general assembly held at Makerere University main hall this morning. 81 members voted in support of a motion to suspend the strike while 51 others wanted the strike to continue until their grievances are addressed.
Dr. William Tayeebwa, a lecturer in the Mass Communication Department, told URN that whereas the payment of staff salary somehow cooled the lecturers tempers, majority are not happy because banks took off money from individual accounts faster than it had been paid.
Barely a week to the start of the 2013/14 academic year, Makerere University has closed down. With the closure, the council resolved to suspend all the university accounts and all lecturers with movable university property have been told to return it to the principals. The decision will however not affect the ongoing student admissions.