MAK Staff Associations Seek Legal Support for Dismissed Colleagues

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In a letter dated August 23, 2019, to lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, the staff association leaders sought legal services for the staff who will soon appear before the staff the tribunal.

Three Makerere University staff associations are seeking legal support for their colleagues who were suspended and dismissed by the university.

In a letter dated August 23, 2019, to lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde, the staff association leaders sought legal services for the staff who will soon be attending the tribunal. 

"We have 11 colleagues scheduled to attend the Makerere University Staff Tribunal, in appeals against their suspensions or dismissals by the Makerere University Management. However, before they appear, it is important that they be properly guided in law," reads a letter addressed to Centre for Legal Aid in part.  

The letter was signed by Associate Professor Edward Nector Mwavu, the Acting Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association - MUASA, Bennet Magara, the Makerere Administrative Staff Association - MASA and the chairperson of the support staff Association, the Makerere chapter of National Union of Educational Institutions - NUEI Bruce Twesigye. 

On Monday, Magara said some of the members before the tribunal are unaware they have a right to have legal representation at the staff tribunal.  

Magara contends that while some can afford, others can't afford legal representation, a reason they sought advice and guidance from the Centre for Legal Aid, which is a Kampala-based a sanctuary for victimized activists, students, workers, refugees and other vulnerable communities.


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Ssemakadde is much sought after for his interest and in-depth knowledge of education law, employment law, and human rights, to protect the rights of the oppressed and underprivileged. 

He was recently voted by Uganda Law Society as the "Most Outstanding Advocate of the   Year (2018)" in the category of Public   Interest Law.

The Makerere tribunal is expected to resume business after eight months of inactivity due to lack of quorum and membership.


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