According to Barugahare, the forced leave is a disguised move to remove him from office and create a management committee outside the law to investigate nonexistent allegations orchestrated personally and concocted by Professor Nawangwe.
Mr. Charles Barugahare the University Secretary in an interview with URN journalist today at Makerere University
The embattled Makerere University Secretary,
Charles Barugahare has run to the High Court Civil Division challenging his
suspension and seeking orders blocking management from investigating him until
his suit is determined.
It comes three days after the
Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwa sent Barugahare on forced leave
for three months to pave way for investigations into several disciplinary
stemmed from a series of reports implicating Barugahare for various scandals,
which have hit Uganda’s oldest university.
“Management has instituted
investigations into these matters to inform the next course of action. Should
any acts of misconduct on your part be confirmed, the matters will be referred
to the Appointments Board for appropriate handling,” Nawangwe wrote in his June
29th letter to Barugahare.
Some of the
issues under investigations include gaps in the administration of the contract
between Makerere University and KAPS Limited for parking and traffic management
services, mismanagement of the 2015 Audit Software project and the infamous
2020 Makerere gown scandal, which saw many students graduate without gowns
despite paying for them.
the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority has implicated
Barugahare for flouting several procurement guidelines in the procurement of
Team Uniform Ltd, a private firm to supply 13,500 gowns for the graduation that
took place in January 2020.
Management also faults Barugahare for his failure to guide the Appointments
board before they made unjustified promotions and recruitments in 2018, which
resulted in a wage deficit.
Barugahare challenges the decision to send him on forced leave two days after
completing his year-long study leave, saying that he didn’t play any role in the said
According to Barugahare, the forced leave is a disguised move to
remove him from office and create a management committee outside the law to
investigate nonexistent allegations orchestrated personally and concocted by
balance of convenience lies in the favor of the applicant as he stands to lose
his right of a fair trial, liberty, private property and the right to approach
the court and against the respondents who can always wait to conclude its
investigation,” reads a petition by Barugahare’s lawyers of Akampumuza and
challenges the appointment of his deputy Yusuf Kiranda to take
over his statutory duties at the university without cause or any hearing. He
asked court to declare the process null and void. Kiranda was appointed
accounting officer for the financial year 2020/2021 on June 8, 2020.
Court has set July 13 to decide on Barugahare’s application for an interim injunction.