Makerere University lecturer has petitioned the Staff Appeals Tribunal for
interim orders allowing him to access some privileges as a university staff.
Dr. John Mushomi Atwebembeire was suspended in
December last year for four years without pay for allegedly assaulting his colleague.
He ran to the Staff Appeals Tribunal to challenge the decision of
the University Appointments Board, saying the ruling flouted several
His appeal is yet to be
disposed of. However, through his lawyers, Anthony Wameli Yeboah and Isaac
Ssemakadde, Dr. Mushomi has applied for an interim order to protect his rights
as an employee.
His lawyers told the Tribunal that Dr. Mushomi ought to be preserved in
university service as a suspended employee, who is entitled to pay and other
privileges including access to the university mailing list pending the disposal
of his appeal.
According to Mushomi’s appeal notice, the meeting that determined his
fate in December did not sit in good faith and flouted several procedures.
lawyer, Ssemakadde argues that they want the Tribunal to restore some
livelihood for Dr. Mushomi.
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The University lawyer, Esther Kabinga objected to Mushomi’s application,
saying it would preempt the entire appeal process that is already ongoing.
Staff Appeals Tribunal Chairperson, George Omunyokol declined to grant the
orders, saying the application was informally made.
He asked the lawyers to file the application formally by close of
Business today (Thursday) and asked the two parties to be ready to proceed with
the case on its next hearing on Tuesday March 12, 2019.
During the proceedings today, the Tribunal learnt Makerere hadn’t served
the applicant’s lawyers minutes of the Appointments Board meeting.
told the Tribunal that they had not received the minutes and that they were not
ready to proceed without them.
This prompted the Tribunal Chairperson, Omunyokol to direct
Mavis Kansiime, an Employment Officer at Makerere University to avail copies of
the minutes to the lawyers by close of business today.
the University, you are not doing us a good service. We want those minutes
properly received in order for us to proceed,” Omunyokol, the Tribunal
The minutes were then served during the proceeding but the
lawyers insisted they needed time to scrutinize them.
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The Appeals Tribunal proceeding were halted last week
following the failure by Makerere University to produce minutes of meetings
that led to the dismissal of 45 staff in December last year.