Makerere University to pay sacked lecturers Shs 1Bn

Makerere University has appealed to the finance ministry to help it raise over sh1b to cover costs that arose after the University Staff Tribunal ordered the reinstatement of suspended and sacked staff back on the payroll.

In a letter to the finance ministry permanent secretary, Keith Muhakanizi, the university secretary, Yusuf Kiranda, noted that while executing its mandate, the staff tribunal directed the university to reinstate several members of staff who had either been dismissed or suspended by the appointments board after determination of cases of misconduct against them.

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“The university lacks funds to accommodate the applicable wage implications resulting from the orders of the staff tribunal. The council, therefore, agreed to the request for supplementary funding from the Government to enable compliance with the orders of the staff tribunal,” Kiranda stated in the letter.

The staff who are supposed to be reinstated on the university payroll include Dr Stephen Tumwetegyereize and Dr James Ocita, who have been on half-pay since December 2018, until the determination of their case before the tribunal. Each owes the university sh121m.

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The other lecturer who was recently reinstated is Dr Deus Kamunyu, the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA), who was suspended in May last year by the appointments board for six months without pay.

In October this year, the staff tribunal declared Kamunyu’s suspension null and void and reinstated him.

The staff tribunal also directed the university to offer a postretirement contract to Dr Peter Neema Abwooki, pay him salary effective July 2018 and also promote him to Professor.

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Abooki had appealed against the decision by the university’s appointments board not to promote him to the rank of full professor.

Abooki had in his appeal noted that he was dissatisfied with the appointments board’s decision to remain silent on his promotion for nearly two years, despite his application.