Arinaitwe was among the 45 staff who were dismissed for alleged insubordination and failure to perform the job assigned to him.
Makerere University, Main Building
Perez Arinaitwe, a former accountant in the Directorate of Finance
at Makerere University has accused the University
Appointments Board for denying him legal representation before effecting his
Arinaitwe was among the 45 staff who were dismissed for alleged insubordination
and failure to perform the job assigned to him.
In 2017 Augustine Tamale, the former University Bursar reported Arinaitwe for allegedly
falsifying the attendance register in the Directorate
of finance regarding his arrival time.
Tamale also accused Arinaitwe of not doing work except during end
of year stocktaking and being irregular
Arinaitwe protested the decision citing that his request for a
two-week adjournment to appear with his lawyer was denied by the Appointments
Board. He also protested the punishment imposed on him as harsh and excessive.
In a letter November 26, 2018, addressed to
the Director Human Resources, Arinaitwe acknowledged receipt of a charge sheet
dated November 22, 2018, requiring him to
appear before the Appointments Board on November 27, 2018.
He, however, says that even when he sought an extension of two
weeks to allow him prepare and file his defence,
it was rejected.
“I contacted my lawyer for legal advice, who unfortunately
informed me he was out of Kampala for two weeks. I do therefore request to be
rescheduled for the two weeks in order to get legal interpretation and appear
with my lawyer before the committee since the matter involves legal issues,”
Arinaitwe said in his November 26, 2018 letter to the Human Resources Director.
Appearing before the Staff Appeals Tribunal on Thursday, Arinaitwe through his
lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde of Center for Legal Aid said he was ready to proceed
with the hearing.
Makerere University, however, through its
lawyer Joan Nakaliika sought for an adjournment of the case citing they did not
have the signed minutes of the proceedings leading to Arinaitwe’s dismissal
from the university service.
But Counsel Ssemakadde objected to the adjournment terming it as “endless
business of seeking adjournments by Makerere University.”
He told the Tribunal that the Appeal was filed on January 4th 2019, with a
clear request to make relevant disclosures available and that this was a long
time given to the university to make the necessary materials available on time.
“On the face of the appeal and the university’s reply, it is clear
that the proceedings of the disciplinary hearing of the Appointments Board were
conducted ex parte after the appellant.
Arinaitwe had acknowledged service of summons and allegedly failed
to appear and explain himself before the Board,” Ssemakadde said.
Ssemakadde added that; “Since receipt of summons by the appellant
is an uncontested fact and it is intended to argue the appeal squarely on a
point of law, the adjournment sought to produce minutes of a disciplinary
meeting in which the appellant did not participate is unnecessary.
George Omunyokol, the tribunal chairperson ordered the University
to produce the minutes irrespective of whether they were signed or not within
When the tribunal resumed, Makerere University lawyer Mavis Kansime
said they didn’t have the minutes.
The case was adjourned to Tuesday,
March 19, 2019, and the university was
asked to file the minutes by Monday without fail.