Close Makerere Law School Indefinately -Nawangwe
Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has recommended the indefinite closure of the School of Law for failure to resume teaching.
The recommendation is contained in a 7-page report dated Monday 11th February 2019 addressed to Lorna Magara, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council.
Nawangwe's recommendation follows the University Council directive to Management during its 145th meeting held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on 8th February 2019.
The council had directed that the Vice Chancellor and Management of the University to expeditiously handle matters pertaining teaching of students, research and community outreach.
It had also directed the University Management to provide a status report clearly indicating the actions taken to resolve the impasse.
Prof. Nawangwe observes that in spite of the on-going engagements, the standoff has remained predominant in the School of Law where the school leadership has "openly declared leadership of the acts of defiance."
Prof. Nawangwe attaches a copy of the second legal opinion of the School of Law signed by the Principal Associate Prof. Christopher Mbazira in which they stood their ground that the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has no powers to suspend staff or appoint a committee to investigate employees.
Prof. Nawangwe contends that given the position taken by the School of Law, to defy authority and incite the rest of the University to follow their bad example, it is recommended that the School of Law be closed indefinitely.
He further alleges that the students were being mobilized by Executives of Staff Associations to join them and put pressure on Management to unconditionally reinstate Dr Deus K. Muhwezi. But insists that; "Management will follow the laid down procedures and the students have shunned these calls."
According to Prof. Nawangwe, the institution and Management, on the other hand, maintains, that such an action would set a very bad precedent of impunity.
He adds that unconditional lifting of a suspension is also not provided for in the Human Resources Manual of the University and is thus illegal and unlawful.
He also observes that the perpetrators of the stand-off want to create a situation in the University which makes it ungovernable.