Court Sets Date to Rule on Kabale University Case

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Speaking to journalists shortly after the court session on Tuesday afternoon, Professor Ezra Mishambi Twesigomwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Kabale University wondered why the two workers rushed to court yet they were not fired from their jobs.

Samuel Emokor, the Deputy Registrar of Kabale High court has set October 18th 2016 to deliver a ruling on an application filed by two workers against Kabale University. Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo and William Kururagire are seeking interim orders stopping Kabale University from enforcing new appointments.
 

 
The duo petitioned High court on Friday last week accusing the university administration of demoting them without clear reasons. Rwaboona claims that he was demoted from the level of University Secretary to the Assistant Dean of Students whereas Kururagire claims that he was demoted from Director of Finance to Assistant Lecturer.
 

 
Rwaboona was replaced with Naris Tibenderana while Kururagire was replaced with Robert Kabagambe. Through their lawyers Ahimbisibwe and Agaba Company Advocates, the petitioners told court on Tuesday that on September 26th 2016, Kabale University Council chairman, Ephraim Manzi Tumubweine issued them appointment letters demoting them from their previous positions.
 
 
The changes followed a validation exercise at the university following its transition from a private to a public institution. However, the petitioners argue that the new appointments undermine their running contracts, which expire in September 2017. They also contend that the new appointments are irregular, illegal and violate their constitutional rights.



 
They want court to issue orders restraining Kabale University from making them serve in junior positions. However, Michael Akampurira, the counsel for Kabale University asked court to quash the application, saying it has been over taken by events since management has already appointed a new university secretary and bursar.
 
 
Samuel Emokor, the Deputy Registrar of Kabale High court set October 18th 2016 to deliver a ruling on the application. Speaking to journalists shortly after the court session on Tuesday afternoon, Professor Ezra Mishambi Twesigomwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Kabale University wondered why the two workers rushed to court yet they were not fired from their jobs.
 
 
 
He says the duo was assigned new roles in an attempt to streamline the university since it transitioned from a private to a public facility. Meanwhile, another lecturer at Kabale University Dr. Joseph Tindyebwa has petitioned the Inspectorate of Government to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the contract transfers at the University as it transits from a private to public institution.

 
In his October 6th petition, Dr. Tindyebwa alleges gross discrimination in the transfers, saying some employees were included on the government pay roll while others were 'maliciously' excluded during the transition. He also wants the Inspectorate of Government to investigate the administration for none payment of staff for the last 8 months.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.