Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has suspended one of the senior staff members at the university, Prof Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, accusing him of trying to disrupt the university activities.
Kamunyu is the current chairperson of the university’s academic staff association (MUASA), having replaced Dr Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke last year.
Nawangwe, in a letter yesterday said Kamunyu would not be allowed at the campus, and that the suspension should take immediate effect.
“A committee will be constituted to investigate your conduct and you will be invited to participate in its proceedings,” Nawangwe wrote.
He added that the professor in the meantime will be receiving half his salary.
The VC accuses Prof Kamunyu of engaging in what he called “acts that amount to misconduct.”
These, he says, include offences under the Computer Misuse Act, incitement with intent to cause disobedience and strikes, all meant to undermine the university administration.
He also accuses Kamunyu of intimidating university officials, using abusive language, slander, insubordination and making false statements.
Since last year, MUASA under Prof Kamunyu has been embroiled in squabbles with the university leadership, particularly over the membership of the university council.
The association is opposed to the recent reappointment of two officials; Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa and Prof Bruce Balaba back on the University Council — the topmost governing body of the university.
The staff members accuse Tayebwa and Prof Balaba of overstaying on the council and also “tainting the image of the university.”
Last week during their general meeting, MUASA voted to embark on a strike until the two are removed from the council. The strike was supposed to kick off tomorrow Saturday, a day after completion of the university’s graduation event.
Nawangwe in the letter suspending Kamunyu, directed him to prepare a handover report, and to return all university property in his possession to his supervisor.
Nawangwe, less than a month ago fired over 30 members of the academic staff, including famous activist Dr Stella Nyanzi. He accused them of indiscipline and absconding from duty.
Following the lurid action, the VC was accused by some staff members of being high handed, and some of the affected staff members petitioned Parliament.
In response however, Nawangwe said the administration of the university would not tolerate any form of indiscipline amongst staff.