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Museveni Pressurises MUST to Drop Arts Courses

Uganda People’s Congress Party President, health http://conocity.eu/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php Dr Olara Otunnu, was this afternoon involved in a serious road accident after his vehicle a Land cruiser V8 registration UAQ 040G which he was travelling in veered off the road and overturned several times.

We have learnt that the incident took place in Angagura Sub-county, Pader district.

Our reporter in the area quoted eyewitnesses that the front tyre of the vehicle burst resulting in the incident.

Dr Otunnu who was from attending Janani Loum’s celebration in Mucwini Sub-county in Kitgum district was heading to Gulu district.

Chimpreports was still unable to reach the UPC President’s known mobile number. But our reporter confirms that Otunnu, his driver and an unidentified white woman; who were aboard the vehicle all sustained injuries.

Dr Otunu was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital Lacor where he is still admitted.

Dr Emilton Odong, the Medical Director St Mary’s Hospital Lacor, confirmed to us that Dr. Otunu is still admitted at the facility and is being assessed by the doctors, adding that he is in a stable condition.
Muslim clerics accused of murdering Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga have filed an application at the International Crimes Court in Kololo, sale http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php Kampala seeking to be availed with copies of witnesses’ statements made at police to enable them prepare their defence.

The group includes the leader of the Tabliq sect in Uganda Sheikh Yunus Kamoga who wants prosecution to avail them with the forensic report relating to investigations, documentary audio, visual and electronic recordings that prosecution will rely on during trial.

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Through their lawyers of Muwema and Company advocates the group says if prosecution falls short of disclosing the said documents, they should be discharged.

The suspects claim upon reading the indictment they found details wanting and that it does not disclose reasonable information on the circumstances under which the charges were brought against them.

Prosecution alleges that between December 2014 and January 2015 at Kavule ward in Mayuge district and Bwebajja along Entebbe Road, the suspects took part in the murder of Sheikh Abdul Kadhir Muwaya, Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga as well as the attempted murder of Sheikh Haruna Jemba.

The accused deny the charges.

Sheikh Kamoga, was arrested alongside five his close associates including his wife Aisha Nasibante(31), Hakim Kinene (23), Murta Mudde Bukenya, Badru Bukenya (27), Muzamiru Kasawuli (23), Alex Okot (44),Joseph Olanya (23),Charles Okidi (28), Sheikh Fahad Kalungi (38), Arafat Sserunjoji (29) and Amir Kinene (37).

Nakawa Grade one Magistrate Timothy Lumunye charged the Tabliq Muslims with 5 offences including terrorism and murder of Muslim clerics, before remanding them to Luzira prison.
By Joshua Nahamya

On February 3, information pills http://chimpreports.com/entertainment/wp-includes/post.php President Museveni summoned top management and lecturers of Mbarara University of Science and technology to kick out arts courses from the institution, Chimp Corps report.

In fact this week, administrators announced that programs in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research and Training (IITR) would be scrapped following a directive from the President and Ministry of Education.

President Museveni directed Prof Pamela Mbabazi, the deputy Vice Chancellor of the university during a meeting in Rwakitura on January 11 to ensure IITR, an institute she founded and promoted, is phased out.

On her way back, she told the University Senate of the directive to work according to the above order but the senate reportedly rejected the move on January 13, 2015.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Celestino Obua and his deputy Prof Mbabazi on February 3 convened a meeting of all academic staff and asked them to help the top management in restructuring of IITR.

Ms Hanifa Nantongo, the General Secretary of MUST’s Academic Staff Association, in an email inviting members to a meeting said: “You are invited to attend an emergency meeting in which management wishes to communicate restructuring of programmes in the university. Please endeavour to attend personally.”

During the meeting, the staff rejected the move: “We refused to cooperate. How can you use academic staff to fight other academic staff? That is a management issue to be handled by the top management,” a member of MUSTASA told ChimpReports on Thursday, 12.

“There is no circular on restructuring from the ministry. There is no letter from the President. They are only acting on a threats to cause unnecessary tension in the university,” a lecturer who declined to be named for fear of retribution, said.

Prof Obua said restructuring has been ordered in all public universities such as Kyambogo University, Makerere University and MUST.

Obua further said the directive was reiterated by Education Minister Jessica Alupo during the 21st congregation on January 31 at Kihumuro campus MUST.

On January 13, 2014,  President Museven told Makerere University as a premier public university to restructure and dump “irrelevant” arts courses of which it responded by dropping over 50 courses.

Through government sponsorships, President Museveni is highly advocating for sciences as a panacea to the country’s development challenges.

“This is not a (Prof) Pamela or Prof Obua thing. Unfortunately, we are the ones who are supposed to implement the instructions in the institution,” Prof Obua noted.

The VC said he was not the technical person to select which courses to retain but rather work with the rest, including academic staff to execute the plan.

“There are people who are panicky; they are not ready to participate in the whole process. They are ready to cause unnecessary commotion,” Obua pointed out.

Prof Mbabazi declined to comment. “I would kindly request you to call the Vice Chancellor. It is our policy; he is the one to talk on matters about the university,” she said.

Restructuring

The restructuring proposal comes at a time when the university staff are accusing Prof Obua of being aloof. They claim he has not been available to them for the 120 days he has spent in office.

“Some people say I am doing my own things but there is a master plan for it. I am not the one who made it, I found it there, and it has to be implemented. People are going to the press because they want to cause trouble to others. For us who manage on behalf of the public that’s what we face,” Prof Obua observed.

Dr Viola Nyakato, who has been IITR Director, has since resigned after the January 13 senate meeting. However, Mr. Felix Opio Okello, the MUST Acting Academic Registrar, pointed out that the hullabaloo is caused by anxiety of the staff.

“They fear losing jobs. The President’s idea is that these courses be taken where they are wanted. They should not be taught as full programmes. They should be broken down and be given to respective departments,” Mr. Okello said.

Five departmental Courses of IITR created in 2013 to be scraped off are; Planning and governance, Gender and women studies, Environment and livelihoods support systems.

Other courses which will be affected include; Students Placements, Partnerships and Networking, And Research and Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate programmes: Bachelor of Planning and Community Development and Bachelor of Gender and Women health. Post Graduate Programmes: Master of Arts in Development Studies, Masters of Arts in Local Governance and Planning, Masters of Arts in Conflict and Inclusive Development, Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management.

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