MUK Students Challenge Vice Chancellor's Excessive Powers

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Six students from Makerere University have challenged the powers given to the Vice-Chancellor under the Makerere University Regulations, 2015.

The students include Abbas Ruyombo, Judith Nalukwago, Mugisha Mariam Kyomugisha, Mbabazi Julius Muyambi, Marion Kirabo and David Musiri.

The students have petitioned the Civil Division of High Court specifically challenging Rule 6 (1) (d) of the 2015 Makerere University Regulations which gives the Vice-Chancellor- VC unquestioned powers to suspend any student at will.

According to the regulations, the Vice-Chancellor has powers to suspend a student from the University or to discipline him in any manner he thinks fit and seek approval of his action at the next meeting of the University Disciplinary Committee".

The students through their lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Company Advocates contend that the said Regulations denies or threatens to deny the affected students a right to fair hearing, natural justice and administrative powers.

The application is supported by two affidavits of Judith Nalukwago and Marion Kirabo who say that the said Regulation is imprecise and vague, which makes it subject to different interpretation by the VC which is very dangerous for the students who would be subject to it.

"The regulation leaves me and other students uncertain as to whether or when a fair hearing will be given since the VC usually promises in suspension letters a hearing at unspecified time", reads the affidavits in part.

They are also challenging Regulation 8(9) of the Makerere University Students Regulations Statutory Instrument Number 37 of 2015. This requires mandatory permission from Police before students hold any form of demonstration.

The students who have sued in the capacity to protect the image of Institution now want court to stop further reliance and enforcement of the said Regulations.

The students also want a declaration that all decisions, orders and directives based on the said Regulations are illegal and thus null and void.

 
 

Cipla Quality Chemicals Issues Profit Warning

 
 
 
 

KAMPALA

Drug maker Cipla Quality Chemicals Industries Limited has issued a profit warning, informing shareholders and people who intend to buy its shares that it will record a loss for period between April to September, 2019. The company says this is due to low sales of medicines realized in this period and increased pressure from competitors, which has reduced its margins.

Also, the company said that it was unable to collect some debts, resulting into an increase in credit loss and interest. This is the second time in a row that Cipla is announcing disappointing results after listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange in September 2018.

In March, the company announced an 85% fall in profits for a year between March 2018 to March 2019, dropping from 44.6 billion Shillings to Shillings 6.8 billion respectively. People who bought shares in the company are yet to earn a dividend – little wonder that there is no appetite for the company’s stock and more people want to sell.

The share price fell from the initial public offering price of Shillings 265 a share to Shillings 128 on Tuesday morning. In March 2019, the company tried to calm fears of shareholders about the company's dismal performance, saying it "had secured the first ever tender award by the USA President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) for WHO prequalified antimalarial to an African based Manufacturer".

"That is one example of how we are constantly in search of alternative revenue streams and product opportunities to future proof our business," the company said. It all looks like things haven’t worked its favor. Investors will have to wait longer before they can earn anything.

The company which was established in 2005 manufactures Anti-retroviral (ARV), artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and Hepatitis medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Hepatitis. The company is majority owned by India's third-largest drug maker Cipla.

 
 

Alalo's Remains to be Buried in Ntungamo

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The remains of former Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo will be laid to rest at the ancestral home of her late husband, Alex Kamujuni Ahimbisibwe in Ntungamo District.

Alalo died together with 158 other people following an Ethiopian Airline crash after takeoff from Bole International Airport Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019 enroute from Italy.

Forensic experts in Ethiopia announced the recovery of Alalo’s remains a fortnight ago. The remains were identified with the help of DNA samples provided by her sons and brothers. Arrangements were made with the deceased’s family in collaboration with Assistant Inspector General of Police-AIGP, Grace Turyagumanawe, the Director Peace Support Directorate to return them to the country.

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says they have since received Alalo’s remains.

Alalo enrolled in Uganda police force on August 18, 2001. After completing her training she was deployed as OC Station Lira, DPC Entebbe, Staff officer of the Directorate of Human Resource Management, served in United Nations (UN) Mission in Sudan, Commissioner of Child and Family Protection Department and in 2015, she was appointed as Deputy Commissioner AMISOM in Somalia.

 
 

Kame Valley Management Clash For Operating on the Road

 
 
 

 

MUKONO

Business grounded to a halt at Kame Valley Market in Mukono municipality on Tuesday following a dispute between the management and weekly vendors.

The vendors who operate on Tuesday set up stands and tables to display their commodities at Kame valley market and the section of the road from Wantoni trading center to Mukono town.

However, on Tuesday, Kame Valley Market management committee informed the vendors that they had received orders from Mukono municipal authorities to stop traders displaying goods in the middle of the road.

The Market Chairperson, Robert Kigozi, said the decision of the traders to display merchandise in the middle of the road interferes with traffic flow along Kampala-Jinja highway.

“We are not fighting mobile traders but they have failed to respect working guidelines that are in line with municipal orders,” Kigozi said.

However, the vendors couldn’t have any of this and went ahead to display their merchandise on the road. The traders lost their cool when the chairperson called for a meeting with all traders who had started selling their merchandise around 12pm. Many of them started packing their goods for fear of chaos.

The traders exchanged bitter words as they called for the intervention of Mukono Town Clerk, Richard Monday and Mayor, George Fred Kagimu to provide them alternative space to operate from. However, the two officials didn’t turn up.

The Mukono Municipality Member of parliament, Betty Nambooze turned up around 4pm to mediate the dispute. She advised the market management committee to stop operating on the orders of the municipality authorities until they gazette a new place for the vendors.

Allan Mawanda, a trader advises the municipality to consider developing alternative routes instead of focusing on one road that has just been constructed.

The Mukono Mayor, George Fred Kagimu says Kame valley market is among the issues that the council is struggling with. He however, says they haven’t reached a decision to evict the traders until they find a lasting solution to the problem.

 
 

Minister Kiveijinja:EAC Will Not intervene in Rwanda-Uganda Conflict

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The East African Community- EAC will not intervene in the dispute between Uganda and Rwanda, the second Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Kirunda Kiveijinja has revealed.

Kiveijinja, who also doubles as the East African Community Affairs, says they received assurance from the Ugandan and Rwandan presidents indicating that they could ably resolve the dispute, saying there is no need for the EAC intervention.

He told journalists at Imperial Royal Hotel on Wednesday morning that until the two heads of state seek the intervention of the EAC, they will not interfere.

His remarks come four days after Rwanda police shot dead two Uganda nationals including John Bosco Tuhirirwe and Job Ebyarishaga at Tabarwe sector in Nyagatare district.

The duo was allegedly smuggling tobacco into Rwanda. A statement by Rwanda says the two were gunned down when they tried to attack police officers.

Tension has been high between the two sister countries since Rwanda closed Gatuna boarder in January this year. Rwanda accused Uganda of aiding dissidents opposed to President Paul Kagame.

In June, Rwanda temporarily opened the boarder for heavy trucks.

In September, the two states agreed to treat each other’s citizens well but that the issue of free movement of persons, goods and services across the common border and promised to discuss other outstanding issues in a subsequent meeting that would take place within 30 days.

The follow up meeting didn’t happen. Kiveijinja down played the tension between the two sister nations, saying it cannot break the EAC.

According to the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security, Partner States undertake to develop an East African Community conflict prevention, management and resolution mechanism.

It also states that partner States shall manage and seek to resolve any dispute or conflict within and between two or more Partner States or with foreign countries by peaceful means.

The protocol further says that the Community may, in consultation with the United Nations Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, offer to mediate in disputes or conflicts within and between two or more Partner States or with foreign countries.

 
 

MUASA Boss Set to Resume Work After Suspension

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Dr. Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) is set to resume his duties after completing his six month’s suspension.

Today marks the last day of Dr. Kamunyu's suspension with half pay.

Dr. Kamunyu vowed in an interview with PRIME RADIO never to cede to dishonesty as he returns to Makerere University, saying that academic freedoms and freedoms of expression that he was fighting for remain cardinal to him.

He maintains that his punishment was historical and has put a dent on the staff industrial relations and the university stature.

Kamunyu says he was disheartened by the way the legitimate authority in the Appointments Board handled his issue with intention to hurt him by using discipline as a cover-up to serious issues the staff were raising.

Dr. Kamunyu says he is returning strong and ready to move staff towards projects of unity, improved welfare and better working relations with reduced levels of high-handedness by management.

Dr. Kamunyu was suspended on January 17, 2019 because of animosity between staff associations at the University and the administration led by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe that peaked with the dismissal of more than 45 senior members of academic staff, some of whom were accused of insubordination, among others.

Professor Nawangwe accused the staff leader of inciting staff and indiscipline. He further accused Kamunyu of continuing to engage in acts that amount to gross misconduct in disregard of various warnings from management.

The suspension of Kamunyu, who is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, didn’t go down well with the staff who staged a sit down strike for more than a month, causing stalemate at the institution.

They demanded an immediate reinstatement of their leaders including Kamunyu, Bennet Magara, the chairperson of Makerere Administrative Staff Association (MASA), and his general secretary, Joseph Kalema, who had been suspended too for alleged indiscipline and inciting fellow staff.

Kamunyu’s suspension was briefly lifted after he ran to court. His case was later sent to the appointments board for further investigation. It is this appointments board that received, heard and ruled on five charges the academic staff leader was accused of committing and later convicted him on one.

Among other cases, Kamunyu had been accused of taking part in an illegal strike, use of abusive or insulting language, acts or omissions prejudicial to the proper performance of duties or university’s image, slander and non-adherence to any other university policies contrary to the university human resources manual.

In its ruling, the Appointments Board Disciplinary Committee declined to dismiss Kamunyu as had been requested by the university authorities to deter similar conduct among other staff in the future. It is after deliberations that the team settled for six months with half pay and any other emoluments. He was also barred from accessing his office at Makerere University.

 
 

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