According to Niwagaba, he was wrongly dismissed since the student in question had graduated. He however says the university system denied him a chance to prove his innocence leaving him one option of seeking redress from courts of law.
Associate Professor Charles Niwagaba has
bounced back at Makerere University after spending over one and half year
chasing for justice following his dismissal.
University reinstated Niwagaba following his successful appeal against his dismissal
in high court.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you
that you have been reinstating as an associate professor, salary
scale m4 effective 1st January 2019,” his reinstatement letter reads in
part. Niwagaba is among the 45 employees that were dismissed from
Makerere University during the 2018 Christmas holidays.
He was accused of failing to submit examination
scripts and results of students for Course PIM8102 - Water Resources and
Sanitation Management. According to Niwagaba, he was wrongly dismissed
since the student in question had graduated.
He however says the university
system denied him a chance to prove his innocence leaving him one option of seeking
redress from courts of law.
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Niwagaba, who is an expert in Automotive,
Environmental, and Chemical Engineering from the College of Engineering,
Design, Art, and Technology – CEDAT, says that he was caught on the wrong side
of the powers that be that almost cost him his job.
Formerly a fierce critic of the current
university leadership, Niwagaba after reflecting on what transpired before his
dismissal, he is returning to Makerere University as a humble man and will mind
“I come back to a very humble man. To be sincere, there is no clear reason for
my dismissal up-to-date. But this circumstance might have been plotted as one
of the means to silence me- and many others. Now, I will just mind my own
business,” he told this reporter during an interview at his private
office on Mawanda road.
The frustrated engineer, who had grown through the ranks from Teaching
Assistant, up to associate Professor, says was angered by the fact that after
serving Makerere for over 20 years, he had been rewarded by ‘dishonorable
He adds that he also felt a disgrace during the
time of his dismissal more so when several students continued looking for him
seeking for help.
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Besides being disturbed by students, Niwagaba notes that he continued living
his life and operations in the private sector to make ends meet. He reveals
that even when he appealed, the university never paid him despite repeated
pleas to management.
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However, Niwagaba will soon be laughing his way to the bank to collect
Shillings 115 million in salary arrears and emoluments in addition to the
Shillings 50 million in court awards.
In recent years, several Makerere university workers have either been suspended
or dismissed for being vocal or trying to check on the excess of the current
In the last four months only, court has ordered for reinstatement of more than
five staff including; Associate Professor Charles Niwagaba, Dr. Stella Nyanzi
and deputy Academic Registrar Margaret Etuusa among others for illegal