Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) chairman, Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi has been exonerated of charges which sent him to suspension without pay.
Kamunyu has announced this on his social media pages.
On January 17, 2019, Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe suspended Kamunyu from the University indefinitely for fueling academic staff to lay down tools in demand for better pay.
The Vice Chancellor suspension was later set aside by the High Court on March 13, 2019.
Shortly after entering the consent judgment, the University Management charged Kamunyu before the Appointments Board on 5 counts and found him guilty on count number 4, non adherence to any other University policies contrary to section 5.7 (22) of the Makerere Human Resource Manual.
The Appointments Board sentenced Kamunyu to a six months suspension from the University without pay but later changed to half pay on May 13, 2019.
Kamunyu logged an appeal to the University Staff Tribunal that was expected in 45 days but due to many other cases before it, such an expectation was not met.
Kamunyu therefore served the six months “unjust” suspension up to November 13, 2019.
Kamunyu has announced on his social media pages that he has been exonerated of all charges against him and his name reinstated, saying, “justice has finally been served.”
“I had an option of going to the High Court for higher awards. Today 14/10/2020 (Wednesday), almost two years after the drama initiated by the Vice Chancellor, I have been exonerated of all charges and my name cleared. The lawyers will study the implications of the malicious charges on my name and advise on the way forward especially since High Court ruling had protected my application for defamation,” announced Kamunyu.
“I want to remind the University administration that we were struggling and are still struggling for respect of our institution’s policies, procedures, rules and the laws that govern our employment. We wanted a better run institution that had been captured by rogue practices that undermine us, our students and citizens. Gladly, time has proved us right,” he added.
The judgment, he noted, indicates that “we are still alive to justice and decency. It also reminds us that we should stop harming positive criticism that is aimed at promoting greater citizenship. It further reminds us that a sound academician or intellectual should never fear accountability.”
Kamunyu, who teaches at Makerere University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES), further noted that Makerere University staff should continue to advocate for a work space that is free of corruption and hypocrisy in all its operations.