Stella Nyanzi earns big behind bars

Makerere researcher Stella Nyanzi is UGX50Million richer after High Court Civil Division awarded her the hearty sum for the violation of her rights by the government.

The award stems from an application challenging the infringement of her fundamental human right when the government secretly placed her name on a “no-fly list” and confiscated her passport.

Nyanzi was blocked from leaving the country on March 19, 2017, to attend a scholarly conference in Amsterdam. By the time of the action, Nyanzi had already checked in at Entebbe International Airport, but she could not get clearance from the immigration desk.

During the time police said it was investigating a possible case of offensive communication and cyber harassment against Nyanzi and she was required to assist police investigations, according to a letter from the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor.

In a subsequent complaint to Joseph Obwona, the Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Stella Nyanzi indicated that her passport and boarding passes had been confiscated making her unable to travel. She demanded in vain to be removed from the no-fly list prompting her to run to court for redress.

In her application, Dr Nyanzi sought special damages for the infringement on her rights, lost transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking.

In a judgment delivered on Monday, Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo found the state in breach of article 24 of the constitution, which provides for respect to human dignity and protection from inhumane treatment. She added that the act of preventing Dr Nyanzi from travelling was an unnecessary interference with her right to enter and leave the country at will.

She added that the decision to block Dr Nyanzi was meant to embarrass her because she was eventually cleared to travel, although it was late for her to catch the flight.

She issued orders restraining the government from preventing Dr Nyanzi from leaving the country or embarrassing her at a port of entry or departure. Justice Wolayo however, declined to grant the applicant special damages on transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking since her lawyers from the Centre for Legal Aid dropped the prayers during the hearing.


Government to enroll more lecturers on payroll

By Moses Kidandi

The Government has announced that its in the process of enrolling more lecturers in tertiary institutions on the Government pay roll.

This was disclosed by the minister of Education in charge of sports Charles Bakabulindi while presiding over Makerere University Business school 14th graduation at Nakawa main campus .

Over One thousand two hundred and eighty six students were confirmed with degrees, diplomas and certificates in various Disciplines. The graduands included thirty seven inmates from Luzira prison.

Minister Bakabulindi says the enrollment of lecturers on pay roll will be in phases because of budgetary challenges in the ministry of public service.

Makerere university sets conditions for proposed changes in fees collection

By Moses Kidandi

Makerere University has set conditions ahead of the planned shift in fees collections from the University to Uganda Revenue Authority.

This follows a proposal to have all fees in government universities collected by Uganda Revenue Authority then disbursed by the ministry of finance through budgetary allocations.

Speaking this afternoon at the 14th graduation of Makerere University Business school,the vice chancellor prof Bernabas Nawangwe says Makerere university is in support of the changes.
Makerere university uses over three hundred billion shillings annually to finance its recurrent expenditure.

However Nawangwe says the Government through the ministry of finance should ensure that the funds to ran the university are released on time for proper planning by the university administration.

Some faculties are having classes despite rumors of protests

Makerere University lecturers have allayed fears that they are no lectures going on at different colleges saying most of the lecturers resumed their work at different schools.

According to the dean of School of public Health Prof Rhoda Banyeze and Dr. Sarah Ssali Dean School of Social Sciences, there is a mixed picture concerning issues at Makerere but students are attending classes despite the loud the negative voices.

They say that what is going on at Makerere will get a lasting solution rather than spilling internal issues with in the administration of Makerere to the public.

Many students at different schools are going on there lectures however some students fear to be hurt in case of violent strike but they are advised to turn up for classes instead of missing due unclear circumstances.

Recently the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Prof Bernabas Nawangwe put in a place a three mans committee to investigating issues surrounding the suspension of MUASA Chairperson Dr. Deus Kamunyu.

MUASA’s suspended chairperson drags MUK, Nawangwe to court

By Sania Babirye
The newly Suspended Makerere University MUASA chairman Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi has taken his suspension battle to the courts of law to have him reinstated.

Dr.Kamunyu has dragged Makerere University together with Vice- Chancellor Prof. Barnarbs Nawangwe to the high court over what he has termed as unlawful suspension.

Dr. Kamunyu who is a lecturer at the Department of Forestry is also accusing the university of barring him from accessing his home within Makerere University premises.

He now wants court to order prof. Nawangwe to lift his suspension on grounds that it bars him from attending Church services and places of entertainment yet according to him the VC has no legal mandate to do so.

Dr Kamunyu is also also seeking General damages from Makerere University and Prof. Nawangwe on grounds that they tarnished his name and image by portraying him as a criminal and an undisciplined Lecturer yet he was just expressing the views of other members of the academic staff that he leads .

According Court documents, on the 17th of January 2019, Vice -chancellor , prof Barnabas Nawangwe suspended Dr. Kamunyu from the University on grounds that despite repeated warnings , he continued to engage in acts that incited other academic staff to disobey, strike and undermine the University’s administration.

According to the suspension letter which was also copied to the University’s Security manager , Nawangwe was exercising his powers and duties as VC and his decision to suspend Dr.Kamunyu was to protect Makerere University’s reputation.

The suspension letter further alleges that Nawangwe got intelligence information that Dr. Kamunyu was planning to disrupt University activities .

And following Dr.Kamunyu’s abrupt suspension, the university lectures have since then gone on strike and vowed not to came back to teach until Dr.Kamunyu is reinstated .

Makekere University and Prof.Nawangwe have now been ordered to file their defense within 15 days .

Makerere youth demand that the president sacks Bank of Uganda top managers

By Deo Wasswa

A group of anti corruption crusaders are calling on President Yoweri Museveni to sack the top management of Bank of Uganda official on accusing them of failure to execute their role which they say has led the closure of several banks in the country and an increase of interest rate.

These people who are under Makerere University Economic Forum  and Youth Power research center are citing several financial institutions that have closed, they say, it is wrong for the economy to be in a worrying  situation for a long time yet the same people are still in exchange of its management.

Addressing journalists at Makerere, Sempala Zaidi, the secretary general youth power research center and Nuwabiine Brian, the leader of  economic forum at Makerere university noted that it’s high time  the president to come out and clean the bank of Uganda because there is  clear signs that the bank has been eaten by Kawukumi.

Nuwabiine added that as economics students they worried where to work if that trend of closing such institutions that would employ them is continuing.

Criminal investigations boss orders Makerere CID arrest over shelving sexual assault case

Jackson Amali, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations at Makerere University Police Station is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging a sexual harassment case.

Amali was picked up over the weekend on the orders of the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Grace Akullo.

Amali’s arrest came after it emerged that he attempted to shelf a sexual harassment case against Denis Kisuze, an administrator in the Academic Registrar’s office at Makerere University.

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting a former student, Rachel Njoroge Njeri. Njeri reported a case of sexual harassment against Kisuze at Makerere University police station on April 14th 2018. She accused the administrator of sexually assaulting her when she went to pick her transcript.

Despite the complaint filed by Njeri, Amali didn’t take any action. The officer neither recorded a statement from the complaint nor did he give her a medical form.

Njeri’s plight came to light after she posted the pictures she had recorded in the suspect’s office and her statement on social medical. As a result, detectives at Wandegeya police station swung into action on April 19th, 2018 and picked up Kisuze.

They also recorded the victim’s statement. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson has confirmed Amali’s arrest. “Yes he was arrested but it was purely a disciplinary action,” Owoyesigyire told Uganda Radio Network. The professional Standards Unit is investigating the officer for abuse of office and case mismanagement.




Sexually assaulted Mak students urged to report to attain justice

By Patricia Osman
The Makerere University Academic Staff Association chairperson Deus Kamunyu is calling upon all students who have been sexually assaulted by staff to come out and report the matter adding that they will be helped to attain justice.
This after a female student exposed a senior administration assistant at the academic registrar’s office sexually assaulting her in his office on social media.
Edward Kisuze was who was immediately suspended is now being held at Wandegeya police station as investigations into the matter go on.

Minister Muyingo says Government is looking at the University scholarship abolishment proposals

Government is studying proposals from key education stakeholders calling for the abolishing of government scholarships at the University.

Recently, Makerere University council, the supreme governing body of the university passed a resolution asking government to abolish government the scholarship scheme and replace it with government ls.

The university was responding to the queries raised by the 2016 Visitation Committee chaired by the late Dr. Abel Rwendeire. The committee recommended that Makerere implements a diversified funding model in order to make the institution financially sustainable and reduce reliance on government funding.

In response, the university said that while the university had already embarked on internal interventions to increase its revenue such as Makerere Holdings Company, endowment fund, the council advised government to consider abolishing the existing scholarships and loan the money to all university student.

Now, the Higher Education State Minister, John Chrysostom Muyingo, says government is studying the proposal, arguing that government cannot implement the proposal with conducting several studies.

He however, says government is still interested in both the loan scheme and the merit government schemes and that funding had been provided for both.

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, says such a decision to abolish scholarships at university must be consultative.

He argues that even if money was diverted to the loan scheme, government cannot be sure that the students who benefit from them will repay the money owning to lack of jobs.

Aggrey David Kibenge, the Under Secretary in the Education and Sports Ministry, says government will follow systematic processes to analyze such a decision and all recommendations by the Visitation Committee




Makerere assistant lecturer on spot for sexually transmitted marks

A report into sex for marks and sexual harassment scandal at Makerere University has implicated a lecturer of unprofessional conduct. Six of the eight female students interviewed by the Committee that investigated the scandal implicate Brian Musaga, a former Assistant lecturer in the College of Business and Management Studies- CoBAMS for sexual harassment.

The lecturer is battling similar accusations in court. A copy of the July 25th 2016 report seen by URN shows that, the lecturer would work until late in the night and weekends where he would invite female students to his A22 school of Statistics and Planning SSP office and make sexual advances.

“All students’ testimonies consistently indicated that Musaga worked very late hours which was further confirmed by the security guards and custodians,” reads the report. It notes that once at his office, Musaga would psychologically torture the female students and reprimand them for being there illegally before arousing them sexually to succumb to his advances.

The information that was compiled from students written submissions and oral testimonies was found to be consistent, according to the report. “The committee noted several similarities in the testimonies regarding the modus operandi used by Musaga to sexually harass students. The committee noted that the testimonies from independent students could only be similar if they were pointing to the same thing- the truth,” reads the report.

Adding that; “the contrary would hold only if the students had been coached on what to say, but the committee did not get evidence to this effect.” During the investigations, the Committee invited Musaga to present his defense to the allegations by the students in vain, saying he would only show with his lawyer. The report notes that when Musaga finally appeared with his lawyer he threatened to sue the University for Defamation.

Only of the all the staff from the college who interfaced with the committee indicated that they had heard claims from students implicating Musaga for sexually harassing him but they didn’t present any specific evidence. The committee noted that although rumors cannot be relied on to discipline a staff member, persistent and consistent rumors were basis for investigations.

“Failure to undertake an investigation by the department, school or college was considered by the committee as a great omission,” notes the report. URN understands that there were formal complaints about sexual harassment against Musaga dating back to November 2015. The complaints were handled at the school level, which led to his sacking in October 2015 as examinations coordinator.

“The school was unfair to the students by not undertaking an investigation of sexual harassment but instead took a lighter different direction,” the committee notes in its report. It was discovered that using his position as the examinations coordinator, Musaga, intimidated female students who had been caught in examination malpractice or failed papers by threatening that they would be dismissed from the university if they did not yield to his sexual demands.

“Threatening students with dismissal, he was misusing his authority as a lecturer and supervisor to solicit for sex and this is a basic ingredient of sexual harassment.” According to the report, Musaga appeared on July 19th 2016 with his lawyer, Robert Kayobyo to present his defense. However, his lawyer asked for adjournment, saying his client was too traumatized to appear yet he also had just received a letter to represent him.

However, the committee rejected the request, saying Musaga should have remained behind since the committee wanted to engage him not his lawyer. Musaga decided to leave with his lawyer. While the report was submitted to Makerere University Appointments Board for appropriate action, the Board Chairperson, Bruce Balaba Kabaasa, says they can’t take any action since the matter is before court.

He declined to comment on Mugasa’s contract, saying they will tackle the matter once court disposes off the matter.

The tribunal was chaired by Dr. Betty Ezati, Dean School of Education. Other members included Prof Florence Mutonyi D’ujanga, Moses Musinguzi, Goddy Muhumuza and Janet Nabukeera. The committee was among other things tasked to investigate allegations into Musaga’s case any other staff of the college and investigate allegations of sex for marks by staff and other related issues at the college.