Court Blocks "Defamatory" Talk Against MUK's Ddumba Ssentamu

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Kampala High Court Judge Benjamin Kabiito has today further issued an interim injunction stopping any defamatory talk against Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu, one of the two finalists in the race to become Makerere’s next Vice Chancellor.

Kampala High Court Judge Benjamin Kabiito has today further issued an interim injunction stopping any defamatory talk against Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu, one of the two finalists in the race to become Makerere’s next Vice Chancellor.

Today’s interim injunction was directed towards his fellow lecturer, Dr Joseph Wasswa Matovu and his agents. 

It’s the second interim injunction in just a week that is intended to shut down any defamatory talk about the suitability of Prof. Ssentamu for Makerere’s top job.

The first interim order was issued early last week by Assistant Registrar of the High Court Civil Division John Eudes Keitirima.

It will stay in force until the substantive defamatory case filed by Prof. Ssentamu against Dr Wasswa is heard and disposed of.

The interim injunction also comes at a time when Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, the Chancellor Makerere University, is expected to make a choice of who between Prof. Ssentamu and Associate Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, becomes the next Makerere Vice Chancellor before this month ends.

Dr Matovu works at Makerere University’s College of Business and Management Science (COBAMS) where Prof. Ssentamu is the acting Principal.

The woes between the two academicians began on July 5 when Dr Wasswa allegedly circulated an article on Makerere University website about how Prof. Ssentamu was not suitable for the top job.

The complaint by Dr Wasswa was addressed to the Secretary of the search committee for the vice chancellor of Makerere University.

In his complaint, Dr Wasswa was asking the members of the search committee to seriously consider Prof. Ssentamu’s unsuitability to vie for the post of Vice Chancellor.

Dr Wasswa claimed Prof. Ssentamu’s name is tainted with alleged corruption and abuse of office tendencies at the oldest university in the country.

During the court proceedings, presiding judge advised the two parties to explore the option of settling the matter out of court.

The judge, however, set November 22 and 23 as the dates he will hear out the defamation case against the two academicians incase the negotiations fail.

Prof. Ssentamu was not present in court but his lawyer, Kwemara Kafuuzi, represented him. Dr Wasswa was, however, present in court to follow the proceedings closely.

 He is represented by Dr James Akampumuza and Simon Tendo Kebenge.