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Suspended Mak Lecturer Appeals for Temporary Relief

Dr. John Mushomi Atwebembeire was suspended in December last year for four years without pay for allegedly assaulting his colleague.
07 Mar 2019 19:09
Dr. John Mushomi Atwebembeire out on suspension for four years without pay

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A suspended 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 procedures.  

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.  

His 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. 

The 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. 

Ssemakadde 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.  

“Lawyers of 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 Chairperson said.  

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.