Kampala High Court Civil Division Judge, Justice Henrietta Waloyo has transferred the case by staff members of Mbarara University of Science and Technology against three university top administrators to Mbarara High Court.
The staff members through the MUSTASA Secretary General Julius Taremwa filed an application on July 30, 2019 to quash the reappointment of Vice Chancellor Prof Obua Celestine for next five years.
In the case at the Kampala high court, these accused Prof. Charles Olweny (the chancellor), Prof. Obua Celestine (Vice chancellor) and the University Council led by Dr. Warren Namara of wrongfully reappointing Obua.
They argued that Prof. Olweny to reappoint Obua for the next five years without a recommendation by the council was against procedure.
Justice Waloyo decided to the send case back to Mbarara after failing to fix a date for the matter as lawyers on both sides told her they had other cases to attend in Mbarara.
“Why can’t this case be heard from Mbarara? After all I see it’s a Mbarara case because all of you are saying you will be in Mbarara, why did you file it here not in Mbarara?” Justice Waloyo asked.
Anthony Wameri, Counsel for the applicant responded, “My lord, when you look at all the respondents, Prof. Olweny and chairman counsel including their lawyers are all residents of Kampala, so for cost effectiveness we thought it would be easy for us to have this matter worked on quickly here.”
Justice Waloyo however decided that the matter should be transferred and be handled in Mbarara high court.
In an interview, Anthony Wameri of Wameri & Co Advocates said the move to transfer their case to Mbarara will not affect the case.
“This will actually give us an advantage since we shall be home. However, this court also has the jurisdiction to hear this matter. What we shall do is now to get the day when it will be fixed for hearing.”