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Makerere Crisis Deepens as Staff issue Warning over Dismissals

Associations of Makerere University staff have expressed dismay at the appointments committee’s decision to sack more than 30 officials, describing the move as “provocative.” 

Makerere yesterday fired the officers including controversial lecturer Stella Nyanzi on charges of abscondement, insubordination, refusal to perform official duties.

Other offences include soliciting bribes, sexual assault, failure to complete studies, financial fraud, alteration of students’ marks, and registration of students using forged letters among others.

Describing the move as “shocking”, MUASA, MASA and NUEI which represent various staff at Makerere and other tertiary institutions have vowed to put up a fight against “the massive dismissals, suspensions and warnings of staff” which include the “irregular suspensions of MASA Chairman and the General Secretary.”

In a statement seen by ChimpReports, the associations warned: “We are distressed by such a decision  well aware that the list is a tactical mixture of what seem to be genuine cases and violations of basic rights of Staff.”

The lecturers added: “We interpret this to be an act of provocation intended to annoy us and threaten us into submission to bad management and clandestine practices that have now become a norm.”

Dr Richard Okou, an associate professor in the electrical and computer department, has been dismissed for abscondment. 

Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo was kicked out for engaging in “acts prejudicial to proper performance of official duties or university’s image or status.”

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Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow, was terminated after an investigation discovered that her contract expired long ago but was illegally appointed to a permanent contract during the reign of her relative Prof Ddumba Sentamu who served as the institution’s Vice Chancellor.

The resolution to fire or warn the officers was taken following several high level meetings of the Appointments Board ending December 11.

The associations said they resolved not to “bend low by ceding to provocation and lawlessness as your leaders,” adding, “We will follow all lawful procedures that depict our civilization including collective actions that are lawful at an appropriate time.” 

Nevertheless, the associations urged all affected staff to remain calm and use the festive season to prepare for appeals. 

“We have scheduled an interaction with the 47 affected staff on 2/01/2019 in order to understand the cases and advise accordingly.”

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