Stella Nyanzi sues Makerere University to have her office as research fellow reinstated, promoted
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on November 8, 2018
Makerere University social researcher and political activist Dr.Stella Nyanzi has dragged the institution to court seeking a reinstatement of her in office as a Research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research. The motor-mouthed Nyanzi was last year indefinitely suspended by the university vice chancellor Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu for attacking the First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni on Facebook over what she termed as incompetence in running the ministry. Last month, the staff appeals tribunal directed management of the university to immediately reinstate her because her suspension was illegal and unlawful. In a petition to the High Court, Nyanzi wants to force the university reinstate her and also pay her emoluments for the period she has been out of office. “The applicant seeks a declaration that failure or refusal by the respondent’s officers and staff to implement the above mentioned orders of the staff appeals tribunal within the ordered time is illegal, unjust, and discriminatory and amounts to abuse of power and misfeasance of public office,”Nyanzi says in her petition. In its ruling delivered on October 2, the tribunal headed by George Omunyokol faulted Makerere University’s appointments board for failure to conduct disciplinary hearings against Nyanzi within the mandatory four weeks after her suspension on March 31, 2017. The tribunal also ordered the university to pay Nyanzi’s emoluments within ten working days from the day of the ruling. In her petition, Nyanzi says the university has deliberately and continuously refused to implement the orders by the tribunal concerning her status, privileges, procedures and responsibilities. “The applicant seeks orders to have her salary, benefits and emoluments due to her by the virtue of her employment with the university and to consider her long overdue application for promotion from the post of Research Fellow to Senior Research Fellow,” reads in part the petition.