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Kabale University: Court Dismisses Workers' Petition

High Court in Kabale has dismissed an application in which two Kabale University workers were seeking for an interim order stopping the institution from appointing new staff.
High Court in Kabale has dismissed an application in which two Kabale University workers were seeking for an interim order stopping the institution from appointing new staff.

On October 7, 2016, Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo and William Kururagire petitioned Court accusing the university administration of demoting them without clear reasons. Rwaboona claims that he was demoted from the level of University Secretary to the Assistant Dean of Students whereas Kururagire said he was demoted from Director of Finance to Assistant Lecturer.

Rwaboona was replaced with Naris Tibenderana while Robert Kabagambe took over from Kururagire. Rwaboona now works as Deputy Dean of Students as well as University bursar.

On October 11th, through their lawyers of Ahimbisibwe and Agaba Company Advocates, the petitioners told court that on September 26th Kabale University Council chairman, Ephraim Manzi Tumubweine issued them appointment letters demoting them from their previous positions.

The changes followed a validation exercise at the university following its transition from a private to a public institution. However, the petitioners argue that the new appointments undermine their running contracts, which expire in September 2017. They also contend that the new appointments are irregular, illegal and violate their constitutional rights.  

They wanted court to issue orders restraining Kabale University from making them serve in junior positions.

Michael Akampurira, the lawyer for Kabale University asked court to quash the application, saying it has been overtaken by events since management has already appointed a new university secretary and bursar.

Today, Samuel Emokor, the Deputy Registrar of Kabale High Court dismissed the application with costs to be borne by the petitioners. Emokor reasoned that the order cannot be granted yet by the time of filling the application the University had already appointed other people.

Hearing of the main application before Kabale High Court is set to take place on November 7th. 

Rwaboona later told journalists that the judgment was unfair. He added that they are ready for the main application.

Akampurira, on the other hand, welcomed the judgement saying that he will sit with his clients and value the costs.

Meantime, there is still heavy deployment of anti-riot police at the university since Friday when students went on strike.

The students demanded the registrar to explain why they have not had lectures since they reported for a new semester on September 15.  The students also attempted to raid the office of the vice chancellor, Professor Joy Kwesiga, saying he is not fit to be in office.

They also protest the poor state of latrines and closure of the university clinic among other issues. The strike comes at a time lecturers at the same University are protesting the failure by the administration to pay them salaries for the last 8 months.

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