Justice Musa Sekaana of the Civil Division of High Court made the directive in presence of Hudson Musoke, the university lawyer and advocate Anthony Wameli appearing with his client Professor Anthony Mugisha appearing before court today his Chambers.
Main Building Makerere
A High Court Judge in
Kampala has given management of Makerere University only two weeks to prove that they
are in the process of selecting a substantive Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and
Justice Musa Sekaana of the Civil
Division of High Court made the directive in the presence of Hudson Musoke,
the university lawyer and advocate Anthony Wameli appearing with his client
Professor Anthony Mugisha today in his Chambers.
Court also differed the hearing of the main application by
Professor Mugisha to February 17, 2020 at mid-day.
In December last year, Anthony Mugisha, a Professor of
Veterinary Sciences and Socio-Economics at Makerere University dragged the
university to court over contempt of court orders.
His application stems from a June 16th 2019 High
Court ruling that ordered a fresh search process for the office, after court
found the previous process flawed.
In the same ruling, Justice Ssekaana had quashed the appointment of
Professor William Bazeyo as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance and
Administration and declared the post vacant.
However, in a twist of events, Professor Bazeyo was again
reappointed in Acting capacity by the Chancellor Professor Ezra Suruma.
Mugisha had ran to court seeking a judicial review on the
decisions of the University Council, Senate and the Search Committee which says
unfairly and unlawfully denied him an opportunity to compete for the job in
Professor Mugisha in his application due for hearing this
month wants Court to compel the University Council and four others to pay
shillings 700 million for contempt of court.
Professors Ezra Suruma, the Chancellor, Barnabas Nawangwe Vice-Chancellor,
the University Council Chairperson Lorna Magara, and the Acting University
Secretary Yusuf Kiranda are the four others jointly sued for the same.
The decision by court has reportedly sent excitement among staff at
Makerere University, at least according to staff Whatsapp reactions to the
Staff say that the institution has been caught off guard in
flouting its own policies and laws by promoting the culture of “acting”
Last week, URN made a special report in which the law
school at Makerere University was stuck with leadership crisis ahead of the
visit by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
None of the School’s five departments has a substantive
head of department, which raises quality assurance queries, at least under the