Suspended Lecturer Asks For More Time to Hand Over

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Dr. Wokadala has written to the Dean of the School of Statistics and Planning, Associate Prof. Robert Wamala, saying he was given short time to hand over office.

Dr. James Wokadala, the head of Department of Planning and Applied Statistics in the College of Business and Management Sciences at Makerere University, has asked for ample time to hand over following his suspension last evening.

The University Chancellor, Professor Ddumba Ssentamu, suspended Dr. Wokadala on Monday evening for allegedly mishandling student's results. He is accused of hiring David Opiro, a former Teaching Assistant at the university, and irregularly handing him scripts of about 200 students who are due for graduation on February 21.
  
Now, Dr. Wokadala has written to the Dean of the School of Statistics and Planning, Associate Prof. Robert Wamala, saying he was given short time to hand over office. "Following the letter of suspension dated 30th January 2017 from the Vice Chancellor. Given the limited time I have been given, I hand over the office the way it is and will wait for your invitation to give me ample time for complete handover," Dr. Wokadala wrote in his January 30th letter.
 
When contacted on his request, Dr. Wokadala said he is under instructions from the university not to speak to the press. "Kindly please talk to the university PRO. I have been stopped from speaking to anyone from the press. I am currently hunting for students scripts of from Opiro. I cannot add on the letter I wrote to the dean because I was responding to the instructions I had received," he said.
 
Section 5 of the 2009 Makerere University Human Resource Manual (HRM), mandates the Vice Chancellor and or the appointing authority to suspend services of any university employee. It requires the appointing authority to take a decision in the case of a suspended employee at the expiry of 90 days.

During the suspension, the staff is put on half pay, which is payable after the suspension period.

 

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