Prof Barya Sued Over Alleged Defamation

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Former Makerere University Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, has been sued by his former university staff for alleged defamation.

Former Makerere University Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, has been sued by his former university staff for alleged defamation.

Dr Joseph Wasswa Matovu, an economics senior lecturer, sued his former boss before the High Court today.

He accuses Prof. Baryamureeba of defaming him when he appeared on state owned television station; Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), Radio Sapientia and in the New Vision newspaper.

Dr Wasswa claims Prof. Baryamureeba went on radio and also caused the publication of defamatory matter when he announced that he had been retired from teaching at Makerere University on grounds that he was not of sound mind.

The alleged defamation happened while Prof. Baryamureeba was still the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University between July 7-9, 2011.

Describing himself as a doctor of economics, senior lecturer, a researcher with international reputation, Dr Wasswa claims that the alleged uttered defamatory words by Prof. Baryamureeba, have lowered his reputation among the right thinking members of society.

Dr Wasswa further claims that the uttered alleged defamatory words depict him as being a troublesome intolerable employee who should not be dealt with by the right thinking people like the students of Makerere and staff and should be shunned, among others.

Through his lawyers Akampumuza and Co advocates, Dr Wasswa, is now seeking for a public apology and permanent injunction stopping Prof. Baryamureeba from further defaming him.

He wants the apology made on UBC Tv, Radio Sapientia and in New vision newspaper that carried the alleged defamatory words with the same prominence.

He is also seeking for damages of defamation.

Court is yet to summon Prof. Baryamureeba to file his defense before a hearing date can be fixed.