While the Board’s initial ruling on Monday was to suspend Kamunyu for six months without pay, the revised ruling corrected with a pen considers half pay for the staff leader.
On Suspension, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Makerere Academic Staff Association -MUASA Chairperson
Makerere University Appointments Board has revised its ruling
against the Academic Staff Association (MUASA) leader, Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi.
While the Board’s initial ruling on Monday was to suspend Kamunyu for six
months without pay, the revised ruling considers half pay for the staff leader.
This comes ahead of an emergency Joint General Assembly scheduled for Friday
17th May 2019 in the Makerere Main Hall in which the staff say they will
discuss the suspension of the MUASA leader.
Kamunyu was suspended in a Monday, May 13th ruling by the Jude Mbabali-led
Board after it found him guilty of non-adherence to any other University
Policies contrary to section 5.7 (22) of the Makerere University Human
Resources Manual as amended.
During the trial, prosecution according to the ruling adduced evidence to show
that the conduct of Dr Kamunyu exhibited a high sense of disregard of the
policies of his employer.
Among the witnesses were Eng. Dr Charles Wana Etyem, the former Chairman of the
Makerere University Council, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Finance
and Administration Prof. William Bazeyo, Gordon Murangira, Prof. Barnabas
Nawangwe the current Vice Chancellor’s Personal Assistant and a series of
warning letters issued by Nawangwe and responses by the staff association.
Kamunyu had according to Eng. Wana Etyem’s testimony complained about the then
chairperson of the Appointments Board Bruce Balaba Kabasa that he was receiving
bribes to award jobs but had no evidence.
Eng. Etyem also disclosed
before the Board that he had warned Dr Kamunyu on making allegations without
proof but subsequent to that, he under MUASA continued agitating on the same
issues by writing sensitive letters to the Minister of Education and emails to
management and other staff members as well as holding media interviews over the
said unsubstantiated allegations, despite written warning from the Vice
It is also noted that during the hearing and submissions, all the
evidence adduced by the prosecution on count four was disproved which in the
interpretation of the Board his entire conduct was “in bad faith and
Prosecution had prayed to the Board that if Dr Kamunyu was found
guilty of charges be dismissed from the university service so that a similar
conduct is not repeated by other university staff in tenure.
However, in its wisdom, the Board decided to use its discretionary powers under
section 5.8 of the Human Resources Manual of Makerere University to instead of
dismissal to sentence him to six months on half pay.
During Kamunyu’s suspension, Kamunyu is barred from accessing his
office as a lecturer at Makerere University.
Sources among staff also say they seek to further negotiate with the Board to
consider the time Kamunyu has been on trial as part of the punishment so that
he serves only three months suspension.
While Kamunyu has previously disclosed to URN that his suspension as a bad
precedent for staff association leaders, other staff say the university
managers want to continue gagging the association.