The NRM National Workers’ League, through their Chairman Mr. James Tweheyo has asked the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe to call off the suspension of staff adding that the decision was not called for.
Tweheyo in a letter dated 21st Jan 2018 said, whereas they commend the Vice Chancellor for decisively working on the discipline and revamping the University glory, they are concerned by the way the University is handling the issues of Staff.
He noted that the suspension of the leaders of the Staff Associations was an action not called for and that the Vice Chancellor handled it personally.
“Why, if these people were undisciplined, did he not submit the concerns and subject them to the relevant University Disciplinary Organs to take a decision on them?”
“It looks as if the Vice Chancellor is trying to gag the Associations and this begs the question; in whose interest is he working?” he said.
He commended the staff for standing with their Leadership and encouraged them to remain calm and firm but open to discussion.
“We also call upon the Vice Chancellor to swallow his humble pie and call off the suspension of the Associations’ Leadership and if they have any issues, let him present them to the relevant University Organs for scrutiny and action.” Reads part f the letter.
“As National Workers’ Leadership we cannot fold our hands and see workers being trampled on. This unfortunate incident could have a ripple effect on other public universities in the whole country and create unnecessary paralysis to the students detriment.”
The Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabus Nawangwe accused Prof Kamunyu of engaging in what he called “acts that amount to misconduct” such as computer misuse, incitement with intent to cause disobedience and strikes, all meant to undermine the university administration.
Kamunyu also was faulted of intimidating university officials, using abusive language, slander, insubordination and making false statements.
The staff further demanded that Ms Ruth Iteu be allowed to represent them in the University Council; end attacks on the autonomy of Staff Associations and their leaders; facilitate Staff Appeals Tribunal to hear staff appeals expeditiously and degazett unconstitutional amendment of Human Resource Manual.
The staff also denounced the alleged deployment of soldiers to deny Kamunyu access to his home on Main Campus and the “unconscionable harassment of his family.”
Nawangwe ordered that Kamunyu should not have access to university premises pending resolution of a case of misconduct against him.