Court Quashes Kabale University Appointments

On 07th October 2016, Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo and William Kururagire dragged Kabale University before Kabale High Court demanding for Nullification of new appointments. Rwaboona and Kururagire accuse the university administration of demoting them without clear reasons.
Court has directed Kabale University management to reinstate two of its staff who had been demoted in recent appointments announced by the University Council.

The two; Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo, the former University Secretary and William Kururagire, the former Director of Finance dragged Kabale University to court last year, challenging their appointments in junior positions despite having running contracts in senior positions.

They had been appointed as deputy dean of students  and Assistant Lecturer/university bursar respectively. But the duo stated that the the appointments, communicated by Kabale University Council chairman Ephraim Manzi Tumubweine on September 26 2016, undermined their contracts and offered no reasonable cause for the demotions.

They contend that the appointments were irregular, illegal and violated their constitutional rights since they were denied a fair hearing by the appointments board contrary to the rules of natural justice, the Employment Act and the University's human resource manual.

In a judgment made on Thursday, Kabale High Court Judge Moses Kawumi Kazibwe concurred with the complainants that the termination of their contracts was in breach of the Employment Act and the Kabale University human resource manual.

Justice Kazibwe observed that the university failed to point out any justifiable reasons for the demotions yet their previous contracts were still valid.He added that the applicants are entitled to their due benefits under the initial contracts.

Rwaboona, one of the complainants told journalists after court ruling that justice had prevailed and the community will learn from it. He added that they are ready to return to office to serve.

Michael Akampurira, the counsel for Kabale University and Judith Natukunda, the university public relations officer declined to comment on the court ruling. The changes followed a validation exercise at the university following which was transiting from a private to a public institution. Kabale University was turned into a public University in July 2016.