Makerere Staff Challenge Demotion Over Marks Alteration

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They were demoted by the appointments board on the basis of findings of the disciplinary committee that the two, failed to prevent marks fraud in their dockets. They were charged with incompetence in the performance of prescribed duties.

Hearing of appeal cases filed by two senior administrators of Makerere University who were demoted on charges of incompetence has started before the Appeals Tribunal. The two, include Dr Rose Chalo Nabirye, formerly the dean of the School of Health Sciences, and Dr Isaac Okullo, the Deputy Principal of the College of Health Sciences.

They were demoted by the appointments board on the basis of findings of the disciplinary committee that the two, failed to prevent marks fraud in their dockets. They were charged with incompetence in the performance of prescribed duties.

Andrew Abunyang, the University's Human Resources Director contends that the two officers were notified of the irregular inclusion of Rogers Mushabe, Alex Madile and Joseph Okuu on the graduation list of February 2017 for the award of a Degree of Pharmacy. However, they did not refer it to any University authority for further handling, and instead forwarded the said names for graduation.

 As a result, they were demoted to senior lecturers. The duo was however dissatisfied by the board's decision stating that they were not accorded a fair hearing.

They now want the Appeals Tribunal to set aside the entire decision of the Appointments Board and prohibit the board from further interfering with their tenure without following the established procedures.

In her preliminary defence, Dr Nabirye refutes the charges of incompetence arguing that she has at all times fulfilled her duties as per her appointment letter and job description. She contends that the existence of unqualified students (Rogers Mushabe) was brought to her attention on February 21, 2017, a day before the graduation commenced.

Dr Nabirye observes that the meeting scheduled in the afternoon on that day by the School administration observed that arbitrarily deleting the student's name from the graduation list, which was already printed and in circulation without an inquiry would predispose the university to legal battles initiated by the student.

It was recommended that the Head of Department, Dr Kamba investigates the matter and forward the report with its findings for proper action.

Advocates Isaac Ssemakadde told the Appeals Tribunal today that the punishment imposed on Dr Nabirye the Appointments Board was unfounded, misconceived, arbitrary, untenable and extremely hurtful especially that she was one-year shy of retirement.

The Tribunal presided over by its Chairperson George Omunyokol asked both parties to submit the appeal and defence by the University within seven days and that the ruling will be issued on notice.

 

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