Nawangwe now wants Makerere Law school closed

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has proposed an indefinite closure of the university’s law school whose staff he accuses of mobilising others to sustain the sit down strike.

According to a February 11 report addressed to the chairperson of the University Council, Lorna Magara, Nawangwe is bitter about the Makerere Law School dons whom he accuses of undermining the university’s authority.

The law dons recently penned a legal opinion declaring Nawangwe’s suspension of university staff illegal.

This followed the suspension of Makerere University Academic Staff Association  (MUASA) chairman, David Kamunyu Muhwezi.

Nawangwe interpreted this as inciting and mobilising other University staff to continue the strike.

“Armed with misleading advice by some staff of the School of Law, Executives of staff associations want an unconditional lifting of the suspension of Dr Deus K. Muhwezi as a condition for calling the General Assembly to lift the purported strike,” Prof. Nawangwe notes.

Nawangwe argued that if management gives in to the demand of lifting the suspension of Kamunyu, it will set a bad precedent as this would mean staff members can do wrong and go away with it as disciplinary action would have been undermined already.

“The staff should be required to hand over University property and the students advised to return home and await further instructions,” Nawangwe wrote.

On Monday, the university staff resolved to continue with the strike until the suspension of their colleagues is lifted.