Makerere Lifts Suspension of MUASA Chairman, Dr Kamunyu Muhwezi

Chairman of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi.

Makerere University has Wednesday announced that the suspension of the Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), Deus Kamunyu, has been lifted henceforth.

In a statement, the University’s Manager Communication and International Relations, Dr Muhammad Kiggundu, said the decision was reached after the University’s engagement in dialogue with MUASA, Council, Parliament and government.

In a letter dated January 17, Nawangwe suspended Kamunyu from the University due to continued misconduct and insubordination.

“Despite various warnings, you have continued to engage in acts that amount to misconduct, including offences under the Computer Misuse Act, incitement with the intent to cause disobedience and/or strikes to undermine the university administration,” the Vice Chancellor said in his letter.

Nawangwe also accused Muhwezi of engaging in acts that bring the university and university officials into disrepute, intimidation of university officials, using abusive and/or insulting language, slander, insubordination, making false statements among others.

“Your aforesaid unlawful activities contravene the terms and conditions of your employment with the university and also violate provisions of the Employment Act, 2006, the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders 2010, and the Makerere University Human Resources Manual 2009, and other policies governing employment with Makerere University,” Nawangwe added in the letter.

He cited security reports which he said showed that Muhwezi continued to incite other staff to disrupt university activities and engage in related unlawful conduct.

However, Kamunyu denied the accusations and decided to take the matter to the Civil division of the High Court accusing Nawangwe and the University of infringing on his inherent rights as a citizen of Uganda and well as an employee of the institution.

But on Wednesday, Kiggundu said the applicant and defence have both agreed to settle the matter out of Court.

“In the spirit of the ongoing dialogue, Makerere University has entered a consent settlement of Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi in full and final settlement of the matters before Court,”

“Each party will bear its own costs,” Kiggundu wrote.

He says that now that the suspension is lifted, Kamunyu “shall submit to the internal disciplinary processes before the Appointments Board.”

Meanwhile, the Appointments Board today Wednesday, commenced the handling of said disciplinary matters.

Kamunyu’s suspension had triggered a month-long staff strike at the university with members of staff accusing the Vice Chancellor of unlawfully suspending the MUASA leader as well as two other leaders of the Administrative Association.

The staff argued that the actions Kamunyu and the other two were accused of involving in were done in their capacity as representatives of the staff and that according to the laws, the Vice Chancellor had no powers to penalize them.

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