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Crisis As Makerere Sacks Staff

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sale geneva;”>The move has stoked tensions at the University, with fears that students might strike.


In a letter to the Director Human Resource Office, Ddumba noted: “This is to inform you that Administrative/College/School/Unit appointments of all staff on Temporary Terms expired on the 30th of June 2013.”


He further added: “The University Management at its 8th Meeting held today the 2nd of July 2013 decided that all staff whose temporary contracts expired on, or earlier than 30th June 2013, should not be renewed.”


Ddumba explained that this is irrespective of whether such contracts were issued by the Vice Chancellor, the Director, Human Resources or College Principals, Deans, Heads of Department/Units.


“Accordingly, this is to request the relevant College Principals/Dean School of Law/Heads of Department/Units to ensure that all the affected categories of staff above, effectively handover all University property in their possession to their immediate Supervisors in the presence of the designated Human Resources/Unit Administrative Representatives who should in turn, forward the same to the Director, Human Resources and the Director, Internal Audit.”


By Ddumba’s letter, “the information on handover should be received by the office of the undersigned with a copy to the Director, Internal Audit and the Bursar not later than Friday the 5th July of 2013. By copy of this letter, all the College Human Resource Representatives/School/Unit Administrators are accordingly informed.”


Makerere publicist, Ritah Namisango could not be reached for comment.


The development was earlier seen as a purge of administrators and staff at the College of Computing and Information Sciences who were suspected of being loyal to Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the former Vice Chancellor and founder of rival University, UTAMU.


However, the move has backfired with hundreds of staff being laid off thus paralyzing other critical branches of the University.


Sources said the most affected areas are the accounts department, School of Law and the Academic Registrar’s office which was handling the September student intake.


“Even the Accounts section is closing because majority of the staff there are on contract,” the source added.


Chimpreports understands management held a crisis meeting on Wednesday evening to diffuse the tension and find solutions to the state of uncertainty at the University.


However, management fears reversing its decision to sack staff on contract would mean admitting to its mistakes.

“The University management is torn between two worlds. They don’t know how to proceed with the situation because it’s on a shaky ground. Computer labs have been closed yet some students were working on final projects during the recess. Management wants to give some staff two more months to finish their jobs but they have refused and want such a move to cut across and include all affected members spectrum,” said a Political Science lecturer at Makerere.


He preferred anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to press.


The development is the latest test of Prof Ddumba’s ability to lead the institution to greater heights.

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