Justice Tabaro, who was appointed by the Makerere Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma last month, says they have held several meetings to ensure proper operations of the tribunal.
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The Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal will resume next month.
This is according to Retired High Court Judge, John Patrick
Mashongo Tabaro, the new tribunal chairperson.
The tribunal last sat in April under the leadership of George Omunyokol whose
term ended in March.
Justice Tabaro, who was appointed by the Makerere Chancellor Prof.
Ezra Suruma last month, says they have held several meetings to ensure proper
operations of the tribunal.
“We are remaining with an induction and we should be able to
commence operations this coming month. We are still studying the whole process
and where the old team had reached,” Justice Tabaro,” he says.
In their May 16, 2019 petition to Lorna Magara, the Chairperson of
the Makerere University Council, the joint staff associations decried the
stalemate that had delayed justice to several staff as a result of lack of
The staff disclosed that as a matter of utmost urgency the tribunal is a
crucial court that requires the university to facilitate so it handles staff
The staffs at Makerere say, appellants, who were illegality and
vindictively removed from the payroll, have family obligations, medical conditions,
and desire to have their salaries promptly restored and their cases urgently
disposed of. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” says Dr Edward Nector Mwavu,
the interim Chairperson of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association
There were 11 appeals resulting from Appointments Board’s decisions of December
2018 in which a whopping 45 senior academic and administrative staff were
Among these are eight staff who were dismissed and removed from the payroll
which Isaac Ssemakadde, the chief legal advisor for the Joint Staff
Associations (MUASA, MASA & NUEI), said was an illegality in contravention
of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act.
While the act requires disposal of these appeals within 45 days, the
staff; Perez Arinaitwe, Steven Tumutegyereize, Dr James Ocita, Prof Charles
Niwagaba, Dr Mushomi John Atwebembeire, Dr Juma Anthony Okuku, Dr Stella Nyanzi
and Dr Denis Asiimwe among others have been wrongfully deprived of speedy
justice and salary for more than six months.
During the previous session of the tribunal, URN understands that
the hearings of these cases failed to take off because the University
repeatedly failed to provide the Tribunal with minutes upon which the decisions
of the Appointments Boards were based.
On April 16, the tribunal made rulings on 14 cases. Two months later, the
concerned appellants whose rulings were made argue they have not had their
written rulings finalized and served to them so that justice can be served and
be seen to have been served.