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Prof Nawangwe: Sacked Makerere Staff are Ignorant of Procedures

The staff were disciplined by the Appointments Board for cases ranging from absconding from duty, failure to complete studies, financial fraud, assault and actions prejudicial to the university image, negligence from duty and insubordination.
03 Jan 2019 13:10
Makerere vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe flanked by senior management members addressing media

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Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has said the sacked university staff who petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga are ignorant of procedures.

A section of 47 university staff that were expelled or suspended last year from the university petitioned the speaker to investigate their dismissal and other contested issues at the institution.

The staff were disciplined by the Appointments Board for cases ranging from absconding from duty, failure to complete studies, financial fraud, assault and actions prejudicial to the university image, negligence from duty and insubordination.

Addressing the media on Thursday, Prof Nawangwe said the staff should have petitioned the Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal.

The tribunal is established under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, as a system through which aggrieved members of staff get a right to a fair hearing and appropriate redress, without hindrances from the University structure. The tribunal is chaired by lawyer, George Omunyokol.

Prof Nawangwe said staff are exhausting the speaker who has a plate full of national matters to address. He said the university is ready to interact with parliament or speaker in regard to the suspension.

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Nawangwe's methods of work in management decisions have come under criticism from a section of university staff. 

He has written several warning letters to Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) chairperson, Dr Deus Kamunyu. Makerere Administrative Staff Association (MASA) chairperson Bennet Magara and association secretary general Joseph Kalema were also suspended from university for disagreeing with Nawangwe on procedure of electing their representative.

Asked to comment on claims that he is a dictator, Prof Nawangwe said that staff crying foul over his methods of work were used to impunity and are finding it hard to live in a controlled institution.

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According to a statement from the University, 27 staff absconded from duty. Of these 12 went abroad and never returned while 14 got jobs elsewhere.

“For most of these, the penalty was dismissal or termination of their services. There will be steps to recover the money the university spent on their studies or salaries,” its reads.

Five staff were also disciplined due to failure to complete studies, three due to financial fraud, two for assault and acts prejudicial to university image, five for insubordination and five negligence of duty.

There was also the case of the contract of Dr Stella Nyanzi who was a research fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) which expired.

 “The case of Nyanzi is that her contract expired and she had not bothered to apply for renewal but instead engaged herself in acts of indiscipline with the assumption that she was a member of staff,” the statement says.

Dr Nyanzi who is currently on remand at Luzira had been on suspension for over two years. She filed petitions to the Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal ruled in her favour, directing university to re-instate her immediately. But management defied the tribunal's directives.

However during the period when the tribunal was attending to Nyanzi's litigations, the university management never revealed that her contract had expired. 

 




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