High Court judge Lydia Mugambe on Wednesday ordered Makerere University to reinstate Margaret Ettuusa, the Deputy Registrar for Certificates, Ceremonies and Publication Division (CCPD) who was suspended from office
In 2017, Ettusa was suspended by Makerere University Appointments Board on allegations of hiring a company which fleeced graduands money during the 67th graduation ceremony under the guise of securing their mobile phones and gadgets.
Ms Ettusa petitioned High Court to have this decision quashed.
In her ruling, Justice Mugambe said it was wrong for the University to disrespect earlier court orders of having the applicant re-instated until her case is fully heard and disposed of.
“In contravention of the injunctive order of the court, the first Respondent through its agents first pretended to allow the Applicant back to an empty office and soon thereafter threw her out completely from work and office. This is the perfect demonstration of contempt of a court order,” the judge ruled,
The judge also pointed out that the University denied Ettusa a chance of a fair hearing which was wrong
“There is also no demonstration that the Applicant properly appeared before any authority where she competently presented her defence and was properly represented before the suspension decision or the decision to refer her for disciplinary action.”
On top of her reinstatement, Makerere university was ordered to pay Ettusa 150 million shillings as general damages at an interest of 10% per annum from the date of ruling until final payment