KAMPALA —The Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) Chairman Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi will resume his duties this week at the university following a ban that kept him out for six months.
As he prepares to return, the vocal Muasa boss told Uganda Radio Network that he’s much stronger than ever to defend the teaching staff from management oppression.
He said that the academic freedoms and freedoms of expression that he was fighting for remain cardinal to him, vowing to resume from the last stop.
Dr. Kamunyu who was suspended over his stance on university management matters including illegal appointments and land grabbing among others reasons told URN journalist Davidson Ndyabahika that his punishment was historical and that it has put a dent on the staff industrial relations and the university stature.
Dr. Kamunyu was suspended after Prof. Nawangwe warned that the institution was considering punitive sanctions against staff who give “false information” to the media which he said was hurting the Makerere’s international image.
This also came after media critical reporting on several reforms that Nawangwe initiated since taking charge the university management in September 2017.
The controversy over reforms stems from arguments that they were introduced without consulting Muasa leadership as the primary stake holders but the University claims they conducted the consultations before implementing the many reforms at the institution.
The University Appointments Board then suspended Kamunyu, for six months for alleged misconduct and inciting of violence and making the university ungovernable.
On Monday, May 13, the Appointments Board met and resolved to suspend Dr Kamunyu for six months with half pay.
Wednesday, November 13 marked the end of his ban and he’s set to return to officer on Thursday November 14.
This website will keep an eye on any new developments.