KAMPALA – Dr Stella Nyanzi has officially resigned from her position as a research fellow at Makerere University to persue her political career.
Dr Nyanzi intends to run for the Kampala Woman Member of Parliament Position under the FDC ticket however she later appeared at the People Power offices seeking the same position.
The Acting University Human Resource Director Lawrence ssanyu announced her resignation saying it was considered by the Appointments board on July 17.
Resignation of public servants is a mandatory requirement of Electoral Commission for all individuals intending to contesting in the general elections.
Commenting on her resignation, Dr Nyanzi noted that the appointments Board accepted her resignation. “After years of mishandling, misrepresenting, undermining, abusing and dillydallying with matters concerning my permanent and pensionable contract as a Research Fellow, this Appointments Board has finally swiftly accepted my resignation”
She further said she’s proud to have served her alma mater since 2011.
“I worked hard to fundraise and win diverse research grants, created multi-disciplinary research teams, conceptualised and conducted several research studies, widely published in both scientific and creative outlets, organised local seminars and international conferences, supervised and examined graduate and doctoral students from all over the world. I advanced bodies of knowledge critical to my interdisciplinary fields of specialisation. I also designed, financed, led and accounted for many peaceful demonstrations during my tenure as an academic-activist based at this university,” Nyanzi said.
Adding: “I celebrate having boldly protested against the normalisation of misogynistic excesses and systemic abuses of office by professors and senior administrators at Makerere University. This was perhaps my greatest contribution to developing the university. My nude protest at MISR against extended multiple violations of my labour rights as a public servant will forever written down in the histories of disrupting the status quo at universities. My appeals at the university’s staff tribunal will be studied and taught for decades. My drawn out court case against the university contributed towards important jurisprudence for employees in Uganda, Africa and the world.”
Dr. Nyanzi’s resignation comes weeks after High Court ordered her reinstatement following her earlier dismissal from the university.
In June 2020, High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe ordered the University to compensate Stella Nyanzi Shillings 120 million, promote her to the rank of Senior Research Fellow, and her emolument for illegal dismissal.