Staff Question Independence of Kamunyu Probe Committee

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Associate Prof. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala, a law don at Makerere Law School and the MUASA Legal Officer, says they highly doubt the independence and fairness of a committee set by the person who has suspended their colleagues.

Makerere University staffs have expressed concern over the independence of the three-member committee set up to investigate the conduct of Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the chairperson the Makerere University Academic Staff Association - MUASA.

Dr Kamunyu was suspended by the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe for alleged indiscipline and inciting violence among Makerere University staff early this month. The  suspension prompted staff to lay down their tools demanding that it be lifted since he was acting in their interest.

They dismissed suggestions by Prof Nawangwe that Dr Kamunyu was suspended for his individual offenses and not in his capacity at MUASA Chairperson. As a result, Prof. Nawangwe set up a three man committee whose identities haven't been disclosed to investigate Dr. Kamunyu's conduct.

Associate Prof. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala, a law don at Makerere Law School and the MUASA Legal Officer, says they highly doubt the independence and fairness of a committee set by the person who has suspended their colleagues. 

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Addressing journalists at Makerere Senior Staff Club, the MUASA Vice Chairperson Associate Prof. Edward Mwavu, said while Dr. Kamunyu was ready to appear before the committee he had not received summons to do so.

 
According to Prof. Mwavu, the current standoff is an internal matter that management can resolve after dropping their egos. He says they will continue engaging the university management until their issue is resolved.

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Bruce Twesigye, the Chairperson of National Union of Education Institutions - NUEI Makerere Chapter, says all staff associations in tandem on the current labor action.
He explains that they allowed students to return to campus hopping that the managers of the institution would resolve the current impasse.

 
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Twesigye appealed to the University management to embrace productive dialogue and not to seem to be at war with its staff. 

 
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Samuel Obedgiu, the Guild Representative Council for the School of Agricultural Science and minister for culture and mobilization, said they are concerned that time is running out despite the increased tuition.

 
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