The staff appeals tribunal has directed management to immediately reinstate, Elias Nuwagaba at Makerere University, saying disciplinary process leading to his dismissal from the university service had gaps.
The Makerere University staff appeals tribunal has directed
management to immediately reinstate, Elias Nuwagaba, the former personal assistant to the Vice Chancellor.
The tribunal chaired by George Omunyokol also ordered fresh disciplinary
hearing within 60 days, reinstate Nuwagaba to his last position held before
dismissal and to continue earning his salary during the disciplinary process.
The University was also ordered to pay his arrears arising out of his dismissal
since May 2018. It was also ordered that he continues occupying the
university house until the matter is disposed of.
The ruling was read before the appellant, Nuwagaba represented by Henry
Rwaganika of Rwaganika & Co. Advocates and university represented by Mavis
Kansime, a Senior Employment Officer at the institution and Naome Kiconco, the
university lawyer on Wednesday.
//Cue in: “There are gaps…
Cue out: …its own costs.”//
The decision to sack Nuwagaba was reached in the 565th meeting of the Makerere
University Appointments Board, according to a May 23rd, 2018 communication
issued by Andrew Abunyang, the Director Human Resources.
Nuwagaba, the then Chief Custodian of the College of Health Sciences and former
Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor in his former capacity as Deputy Vice
Chancellor for Finance and Administration was dismissed for alleged extortion
The decision to dismiss Nuwagaba arose out of the recommendations
of the Sub-Committee of the Appointments Board on May 22 that found him guilty
in all the five counts levied against him.
The counts included evicting occupants of the Edge House No. 37
without authorization while acting as a personal Assistant to Prof. Nawangwe,
soliciting and accepting money from M/S Just Clean It Ltd in 2016, a service
provider while serving as the Chief Custodian of the Main Building,
non-adherence to the university policies as well as breaching and contravening
the university's prescribed rules, regulations and procedures causing financial
loss to the institution.
Abunyang, the Human Resources Director at the institution, at the
time of Nuwagaba’s dismissal had directed him to immediately hand over
University property in his possession to the college principal.
Events following Nuwagaba’s dismissal were characterised by
internal fights in the main building and constant accusations of abuse of
office by the former the Chairperson of the Appointments Board, Bruce Balaba
Nuwagaba accused Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, for using the Main Hall for
more than five years without paying for it, yet the facility is meant to be
rented out at 2 million shillings per day.
Nuwagaba's accusations were contained in a dossier he sent to the
staff webmail accusing top university managers of defrauding the institution.
He also accused the university top managers of fabricating cases against him
after exposing some of the irregularities they are involved in.
Subsequently, the University Police summoned Nuwagaba to record a
statement for releasing information that compromises the university image.
Since then, no case has been opened against him at the University Police.