In a letter dated January 17th, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has suspended Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, a lecturer at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who also doubles as the Chairperson of Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa).
The letter says that Dr Kamunyu has continued to engage in acts of misconduct as well as committing offences under the computer misuse act despite various warnings to the MUASA boss. Prof Nawangwe’s letter further highlights that Kamunyu has continued to incite with intention to cause disobedience, strike to undermine the university administration, intimidation of university officials, using abusive language and making false statements.
“You have routinely been advised and engaged to stop your aforesaid misconduct but you have not taken heed, therefore in order to protect the reputation of the university, its activities, personnel and property from your disruptive activities, I hereby suspend you from the university in accordance with section 5.9 (b) of Makerere University human resource manual,” the letter partly reads.
The letter adds that a committee has been deployed to investigate Kamunyu’s misconduct who will not be allowed to step foot on the university premises and he will be paid half salary throughout the suspension period.
“A committee will be constituted to investigate your said conduct and you will be invited to participate in its proceedings. During your suspension, you will receive half pay and you will not be allowed to access university premises, office or property,” it adds.
Among other orders Dr Kamunyu has also been told to prepare a handover report since his suspension takes immediate effect. He is also expected to handover all university property to his supervisor as soon as possible.
Kamunyu, who has already confirmed receipt of the letter has not yet commented on his suspension as he seeks guidance from his lawyers.