MUK VC Prof Barnabas Nawangwe threatens to conduct a head count of teaching staff
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has threatened to conduct a head count of teaching staff, following a sit down strike by staff protesting the suspension of their leaders.
Nawangwe's remarks are contained in communication to staff, he sent out this Morning, asking them to disregard the propaganda that students were stranded.
Professor Nawangwe's comments came moments after Associate Professor Edward Nector Mwavu, the Makerere University Academic Staff Association - MUASA, Vice Chairperson requested staff to stay home, and not succumb to intimidation.
Lecturers have called for an Emergency General Assembly to discuss the pending issues.
However, the MUASA executive declined to call the meeting, on grounds that it was short notice, and that a premature Emergency General Assembly will send mixed signals to Staff who are home.
In his comunication to Staff, Professor Nawangwe reminds them that the University opened on Saturday 19th January 2019, and that lectures commenced on Monday 21st January 2019.
He says the call for industrial action from the Vice Chairperson of MUASA, on behalf of a Joint Assembly of some associations is illegal, adding that the Law does not provide for a Joint Assembly of the Associations.
He says any resolutions made by such an assembly are illegal and will not be permitted.
But Prof. Mwavu insists that what is happening at Makerere University requires patience and methodical approach if the staff are to survive the current storm.