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MAK Lecturer Challenges Failure to Promote Him to Full Professor

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.
07 Mar 2019 19:16
Associate Prof. Peter Neema-Abooki

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Peter Neema-Abooki has appealed against the decision by the Makerere University Appointments Board not to promote him to a rank of full professor.

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.   

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. 

During 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 College.

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 contract.

“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 Professor.

He says he has submitted at least five new recognized publications together with anti-plagiarism report since promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. 

The case is before the Staff Appeals Tribunal Chairperson, George Omunyokol. 

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.