By Kakomo jumah
Makerere University has continued to ignore the directive of the university staff appeal tribunal to reinstate suspended research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi.
In October last year, the tribunal nullified the Appointments Board decisions of 10th February 2017 that handed Dr. Stella Nyanzi a six-month suspension. The tribunal further recalled the controversial academic from suspension and transferred her from Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) to Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) at the School of Law, but the university insists that Dr Stella Nyanzi cannot be reinstated when her criminal case is still pending in court. Quoting the University Human Resource Manual, Acting Makerere Human Resource Director, Henry Sennoga Zake, says it’s impossible to reinstate Nyanzi even after staff appeals tribunal directive. “When criminal proceedings are instituted against an employee in the court of law, no proceeding for his or her dismissal upon any grounds involved in the criminal charge shall be taken or proceeded with until the conclusion of the criminal proceeding and determination of any appeal there from…,” Sennoga Zake says in a letter to Dr Nyanzi’s lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde. Effecting the tribunal ruling meant that Dr Nyanzi would be reinstated to MISR as a research fellow.
The tribunal also directed the appointments board to hear afresh Dr Nyanzi’s case that resulted into six-month suspension. Ready to pay The University, however, is ready to pay Dr Nyanzi 30 million shillings which accumulated during the quashed suspension. While appearing before the appeals tribunal on Wednesday, university lawyers said this money is being processed. The tribunal chairperson George Omunyokol asked the university to process the payment expeditiously before the next sitting slated for 23rd January.