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MPs tell Nawangwe to stop 'reign of terror' at Makerere

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe appearing before MPs

Prof Barnabas Nawangwe appearing before MPs

MPs on the parliamentary committee on Education have asked Makerere University vice chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to rethink his managerial skills and style while running the university.

According to the committee, Nawangwe ought to consider exploring dialogue to restore normalcy instead of undermining and suspending colleagues with divergent views.

Nawangwe was appearing before the committee over the current crisis at the university. Close to a month now, business at Makerere has stalled due to the ongoing staff strike following Nawangwe's suspension of staff associations leaders. 

The committee noted that Nawangwe’s administration has been marred by persistent suspensions which would otherwise have been eliminated to enable the university operate without avoidable crises.

The committee also accused Nawangwe of undermining powers of trade unions and associations following the suspension of Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa).

Nawangwe suspended Kamunyu for alleged indiscipline and inciting staff leading to the ongoing strike. Nawangwe however said he did not regret sacking the two other staff; Bennet Magara, the chairperson Makerere Administrative Staff Association and his general secretary, Joseph Kalema.

According to Nawangwe, he has since appointed a five-man committee to investigate the conduct of Kamunyu where he can go and defend himself.

Referring to Article 29 however, Workers’ MP Margret Rwabushaija said all persons have rights and freedom to join trade unions, assemble or demonstrate as long as they are not armed.

“To your heart, there must be dialogue. Expect people to differ from you…be open, even in your house there are those who may not agree with what you say. You are not going to lock out everybody,” Rwabushaija said.

She said it was unbecoming of Nawangwe to wake up and ‘say this one is disturbing’ and writes a dismissal or suspension letter.

“You should think of the legacy you are leaving behind for historians to read. Have you tried to exhaust dialogue and it has failed? These people are not like shamba boys, they are academicians,” Rwabushaija said.

“They will not just be kneeling before you to say yes we agree with you. Talk to them as your contemporaries. Its only that one has been elevated more than the other but the story will change, we meet in different office,” she added.

The committee expressed concern over Nawangwe’s administration describing it as a 'reign of terror.'

“Let us shed off our personal egos and focus on the best we can agree on for the good of Makerere. If the staff want to run the university like they are management, let us remind them where they are, and if management wants to run it like a kiosk, let us also remind them that they should not over stretch their powers,” committee chairperson Jacob Opolot said.

Nawangwe denied the accusations of highhandedness, saying he is a simple person who believes in dialogue and had engaged all possibilities in vain.

“We believe in dialogue and our report shows how many times we have engaged with the various stakeholders. I do not wake up and write letters to suspend lecturers,” Nawangwe said.

The vice chancellor also refuted reports of reign of terror at the institution.



+3 #11 Amooti Mugi 2019-02-16 21:52
Muzee Nwangwa has shown gross incapacity to "manage" highly educated staff of Makerere University!! so much so that he is "closing " the Law School of the University indefinately!!!!!!

That brings us to grips with a painful question-
"Is he full of sound mind, or is he just puffed up with the position of VC"??

Does he fathom the amount of damage that modus operandi can cause???
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+3 #12 Kirya 2019-02-17 03:27
He is an amazing fool who acts like mr Trump. He must have graduated from Trump University
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+1 #13 Abalang 2019-02-18 16:45
Personally, I do not find this gentleman worthy even of being a primary school headmaster.

For some of us who are the alumni of Makerere, an institution that transformed us into national and international professionals, it is a shame that such a leader was appointed to run Makerere University, and worse still, that he still holds the post.

Would I be wrong to imagine that he is merely a smart sycophant probably playing into the whims of political demagogues?
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+1 #14 Lakwena 2019-02-19 08:14
Quoting Wainainchi:
@Robert.Bro you missed the point! Go back and read what the esteemed professor was doing and what thugs from opposition are doing!

They never do anything good for Uganda si neither this time .They just do opposite Defending failed academicians is not good thing to happen Management is doing what it is supposed to be doing.

Dint you know that there is a crooked bitch imprisoned now in Luzira? What would happen if she was allowed to spill poison and hate?Cone in guys!!!

But Wainainchi, while you easily refer to Dr. Stella Nyanzi as a bitch, don't forget; dead or alive, you also have/had a mother .

In other words, everybody has a mother whom nobody wants to be referred to as a bitch!
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