KAMPALA – Makerere University has agreed to lift the indefinite suspension of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) chairman, Dr Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu and instead resolved that Dr Kamunyu will be submitting to the Internal Disciplinary process of the University.
This new development came up today March 13 when the case had come up for hearing before High court judge Lydia Mugambe, both Dr. Kamunyu and prof. Nawangwe had entered into a consent judgment agreeing to solve their differences out of court.
In the said consent which has been adopted by court, Dr Kamunyu states that he has also agreed to withdraw this case against prof. Nawangwe and Makerere University without any form of coercion and be submissive to the disciplinary committee which shall in return also follow the principles of natural justice.
In his case before the High Court, Dr Kamunyu had sued Makerere University (Mak) alongside its Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe the second defendant, who he accuses of trampling on his mandate to speak out against the improper running of some affairs at the academic institution.
Dr Kamunyu, a Lecturer in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) as well had faulted Prof Nawangwe of authoring his suspension letter dated January 17, 2019, without giving him notice in writing including grounds for removal from office/employment.
Dr Kamunyu had said that through the suspension letter, he was ordered not to access Mak’s, offices or property and was informed that there would be a committee constituted to investigate his misconduct in which he would participate.
He stated that barring him from gaining access to the Mak premises, offices or property the defendants are tactfully designed and crafted it to debar him from accessing MUASA which is situated in the Mak premises and in her property to prevent or otherwise hinder him from having access to employees and to discharge his functions which act is unlawful and a criminal offence by the defendants.
He had sought a court order endorsing that his suspension was unlawful and set it aside, that he was illegally banned from accessing Mak and a declaration that he was defamed.