While presiding over the matter, the head of the Industrial Court, Justice Asaph Ruhinda Ntegye and a panel of five judges explained to court that they were not ready with the judgement because Makerere University had delayed to submit its defense on time.
The Industrial Court has ordered Makerere University to pay costs
for inconveniencing lawyers for non-teaching staff who are currently
challenging under payment by the institution.
The Industrial Court was expected to deliver its judgement in an appeal case in
which Makerere University challenged the earlier decision of KCCA Labour court
officer, Hannington Kasagga.
The labour officer faulted Makerere for breaching employees contracts by
committing an illegality when it created parallel salary structures,
leading to underpayment of nearly 100 administrative staff. While both
parties were expected to submit all court documents by September 28th, Makerere
University, which is appealing only managed to submit this week.
While presiding over the matter, the head of the Industrial Court, Justice Asaph
Ruhinda Ntegye and a panel of five judges explained to court that they were not
ready with the judgement because Makerere University had delayed to submit its defense
URN established that the university submitted its defence days before the
Makerere was ordered to pay costs of the delay and fine any
rejoinder if any by 16th December.
The staff had in their application initially demanded an explanation from the
university why the M6 scale salary scale was split in 2017 to create M6.1 and
M6.2 salary scales. Some of the staff includes Mary Nakyewa, Bennet Magara, and
Others are Thomas William Baguma and George Turyamureeba and 92
After the hearing, the court established that the university had illegally
altered salary scales and ordered the university to refund the money to its
administrative staff arising from salary discrepancies amounting to 3.2 billion
shillings at the time.
However Makerere had appealed to the Industrial court citing lack
The University was represented by Hudson Musoke, from the university legal
directorate and Faith Atukunda, who was holding brief for Counsel Muzamiru
Kibeedi of Kibeedi & Co Advocates.
Vincent Mugisha of Kesiime & Co advocates, the administrative staff's lawyer,
told URN shortly after court that he was disappointed in the way Makerere was
delaying the court case.
“We were supposed to file all court papers by 28th of September, all of us we
agreed. It was in agreement. Now, from 28th September to date when we are
supposed to receive a ruling or judgement or an award, nothing was on record.
They just filed yesterday but one,” Mugisha told URN.
He adds that the law doesn’t allow an application of extension of time. The Labour
Court has however extended time for its decision to April 10th 2020.
Meanwhile, the administrative staff’s lawyers say they have just received the
university submissions which they will respond to next week on Monday while the
university has up to December 16th to respond with a rejoinder if any.