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Parliament To Investigate Makerere Crisis

Parliament has committed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the management crisis at Makerere University.

The assurance was made by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday during a meeting with the suspended staff members of the biggest institution of learning in the country.

The suspended leaders of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) headed by Chairperson, Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi met the Speaker and the Workers Member of Parliament, Sam Lyomoki.

Dr. Kamunyu and his team appealed to Parliament to investigate what he termed as mismanagement at Makerere University.

“Mismanagement has reached pinnacle point at Makerere. We pray that Parliament urgently intervenes in the Makerere fiasco and start by reinstating all illegally suspended staff members,” said Dr. Kamunyu.

He revealed that the management of Makerere has resorted to short term hiring and appointments to keep the employees submissive to the system.

“There is use of perpetual short term contracts of 6 months or one year and many people serving in perpetual acting capacities for even four years,” noted Dr. Kamunyu.

Sam Lyomoki remarked that the suspension of Makerere university staff by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is unconstitutional and already affecting the academic process.

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MUASA General Secretary Dr. Isaac Wanzige Magoola, fascinatingly, stated that the development in Makerere is “worse” than that of Bank of Uganda, which is currently under parliamentary investigation.

The Speaker requested for Dr. Rwendeire Visitation Committee report findings before referring the matter to a responsible committee for investigations.

“The report will help us know the gaps and see the areas to be addressed,” said Kadaga.

The industrial action taken by MUK staff over the suspension of their leaders has entered day 11.

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