Pressure mounts on Nawangwe over Mak suspensions

The National Organisation of Trade Unions has joined Makerere University’s staff in demanding for the cancellation of the suspension handed out to  the Chairman of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi among other suspended staff.

Usher Wilson Owere, the NOTU chairperson has in a statement directed at Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, condemned the suspension of the University staff.

Were’s statement came as members of MUASA and Makerere University Staff Association  (MASA) issued an ultimatum for the suspension of Muhwezi and MASA leaders Bennet Magara (Chairman) and Joseph Kalema (General Secretary) to be lifted.

Were advised Nawangwe to treat with care, matters leading to the dismissal and suspension of staff members because it affects not just Makerere but the various stake holders as well.

“It is our view that there is still room for dialogue and very high chance of reaching an agreement, this situation should not be allowed escarlet and creat and an impression that leaders of workers organizations are being witch hunted for their involvement in workers struggles,” Were said.

Nawangwe suspended Kamunyu Muhwezi on January 17, accusing him of engaging in acts that amount to misconduct, including offences under the Computer Misuse Act, incitement with intent to cause disobedience and /or strikes to undermine the University administration, acts that bring the University and University officials into disrepute.