Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has suspended the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) chairperson, Dr Deus Kamunyu.
In a letter dated January 17, Prof.Nawangwe says despite various warnings to him, Kamunyu has on several occasions continued to engage in acts that amount to misconduct including inciting strikes at the university.
“You have continued to engage in acts that amount to misconduct including offences under the Computer Misuse Act, incitement with an intent to cause disobedience and strikes to undermine the university administration,” reads in part the letter to Kamunyu.
In the letter, Prof.Nawangwe said that the MUASA chairperson has on several occasions engaged in acts that put the image of the university at stake by using an abusive and insulting language a thing he says cannot be allowed at the Ivory Tower.
“Security reports have shown that you are continuing to incite other staff to disrupt university activities and engage in related unlawful conduct.”
The letter says that efforts to warn and engage the MUASA chairperson about the said misconduct have proved futile .
“Therefore, in order to protect the reputation of the university, its activities, personnel and property from your disruptive activities, I hereby suspend you from the university,”Nawangwe noted.
Dr.Kamunyu recently protested the move by the university to sack over 40 staff accused of various offences.
“I wonder why a knowledgeable council could pass such a careless law without consulting the legal department. Whatever was passed is against the provision of the Constitution of Uganda,”Kamunyu recently said in response to the sacking of senior staff at Makerere.
Prof.Nawangwe recently said he will not tolerate hooliganism at the oldest university in Uganda.
‘’I have seen many people abuse me but I have kept quiet. Calling me a dictator is done by people who want to go away with impunity and think it is the right thing to do.There is need to have sanity at the university,”Nawangwe said recently.
He was backed by President Museveni who applauded him for sacking errant lecturers from the university.
“I must congratulate Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and the University Council for being decisive in disciplining staff. Decadence should not be part of a university,”Museveni said early this week during the university’s graduation ceremony.