Abooki, through his lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, of Center for Legal Aid says he is dissatisfied with the Appointments Board’s decision to remain silent on his promotion for nearly two years, despite his application for promotion.
Peter Neema-Abooki has appealed against the decision by the
Makerere University Appointments Board not to promote him to a rank of full
Abooki, through his lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, of Center for Legal
Aid says he is dissatisfied with the Appointments Board’s decision to remain
silent on his promotion for nearly two years, despite his application for
Abooki is a Senior Lecturer
in the East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development in the
College of Education and External Studies –CEES.
On March 27, 2017, Abooki applied for
promotion from the rank of Associate Professor to full Professor.
The College establishment and its Appointments committee declined
to recommend him for the same to the university, a decision he appealed against
in the University Appointments Board.
the time the he was seeking a promotion, Abooki also applied for a Post-retirement contract on November 27, 2017, which was also rejected by the College.
This decision was also challenged at the institution’s
Appointments Board citing internal animosity against his application at the
In a December 13, 2018 communication about the Appointments Board’s decisions,
Andrew Abunyang, the institution’s Director for Human Resources, said the Board
had rejected his appeal and consequently did not offer him a post-retirement
“After consideration of your Appeal, the Appointments Board
observed that the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) did not
recommend his application for a Post-retirement contract as required by the
current University Policy and practice. In addition, the Board did not find any
merit in your appeal,” Abunyang said in a letter to Assoc. Prof. Abooki.
But in his appeal before the Staff Appeals Tribunal, Abooki says he was not given
audience neither by the College nor the University Appointments Board to
explain the animosity surrounding his two applications.
He furthers says that the Board based its decision on the minutes
and decision of a College Appointments Committee which he had appealed against.
He told the Tribunal that he qualifies for both Post-Retirement
contract and promotion to a rank of a Professor as per the 2006 Makerere
University Council Policy on Appointment and Promotion of Academic Staff.
Abooki is an Associate Professor with Ph.D. in Educational Management with more than 10 years of teaching
experience. He says he has supervised all together 33 graduate students to
completion, seven of whom including a Ph.D.
completed after his application and eventual promotion to a rank of Associate
He says he has submitted at least five new recognized publications
together with anti-plagiarism report since promotion to the rank of Associate
The case is before the Staff Appeals Tribunal Chairperson, George
Now during the tribunal session on Thursday, Isaac Ssemakadde, his
lawyer also disclosed he had not yet received the minutes from the Appointments
Board and the Minutes of the Appointments Committee of the College.
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Joan Nakaliika, Makerere University lawyer in her submission to
the tribunal said they could not provide the minutes of the College because
they do not have them.
Omunyokol directed that the minutes be availed to both parties on
March 12, 2019. The case hearing has been rescheduled
for Thursday, March 14, 2019.