President Museveni has expressed his gratitude towards the management of Makerere University led by Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, for being decisive on disciplining students, lecturers and other staff at the institution.
Museveni made the statements at the 1st session of the 69th graduation ceremony of the University at the Freedom Square in Kampala. This is week-long ceremony will see 13,350 graduands receive awards in various disciplines that included Doctorates, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. The University will also offer certificates to the first group of graduands in defence and security studies.
“I must congratulate Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and the University Council for being decisive in disciplining staff. Decadence should not be part of a university.”
A lecturer caught on camera in immorality and sexually harassing a student can’t stay in a top university. It is every embarrassing to see that lecturer in court and still teaching, that is rubbish, chase that person,”
Museveni went ahead to urge lecturers to have the decency to resign by themselves should they be spotted in cases of indiscipline.
“You commit a crime, then you should resign by yourself. We don’t want indiscipline, we don’t want crime in Makerere University,” he added.
Museveni also cautioned lecturers against threatening government with constant strikes, ascertaining that there would be increment in remunerations on the basis of economic progress.
“Government University staff please repent the sin of little faith. Things will be done but done not according to miracles but in tandem with the economy.”
University Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe reassured the president that he will limit strikes from both staff and students at the institution.
“I particularly warn the few remaining students and members of staff who have made hooliganism and disruption of university activities a hobby, that it will not be business as usual,” he said.
St the end of last year, Makerere University relieved Social Media critic and controversial Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) research fellow, Stella Nyanzi and 31 others of their duties.
Nawangwe also said the sacked staff will be forced to refund salaries and all monies they got erroneously.
Describing the decision to sack the staff as inevitable, Prof.Nawangwe said a number of them had absconded from duty for a long time whereas others were expelled because of indiscipline.