Makerere Apologises To Prof Omunuk

this web geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Omunuk, abortion one of the best economics Professors in Africa, ambulance was protesting “management’s refusal to issue him with clear Terms and Conditions of Service.”

The resignation sparked off chaos at the College, with the senior staff laying down their tools until the administration provides Omunuk with a clear contract.

In a board meeting chaired by Acting CoBAMS Principal, Eriya Hisali, senior College officials on Thursday morning resolved not to report to work on Monday in protest of “organizational politics that are tearing the University apart.”

In a bid to contain the situation, Prof Ddumba-Ssentamu on Thursday evening wrote to Omunuk, saying, “the matter will be discussed at a meeting of the University Council scheduled on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.”

“In the meantime, I wish to request and urge you to withhold the decision to vacate the position of Principal of COBAMS,” wrote Ddumba in a confidential letter seen by Chimpreports.

“On behalf of Management, I regret the current circumstances and take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to ensure efficient management structures,” said Vice Chancellor.

It remains unclear whether the frustrated Professor will reconsider his decision of quitting the University.

Omunuk was not readily available for comment.

Analysts are likely to wonder why the Vice Chancellor waited for Omunuk to resign before taking steps to fully address his grievances.

The development underscores the paralysis of administration organs at the prestigious University.

It remains unclear if Ddumba had a hand in Prof Omunuk’s woes.

“Apart from Omunuk, other College Principals have received their terms of service. Someone is frustrating him,” said a source at the University.

Despite being elevated to Vice Chancellor last year, Ddumba is said to have maintained a tight grip on the operations of the College.

According to Peter Turyakira, a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Management at the troubled College, “objective, sincere and hardworking people are considered to be in a wrong place at Makerere.”

“Organizational politics are tearing the University apart. How do you expect a Substantive Principal to be motivated and continue offering services for close to two months without written terms and conditions of service?” he wondered in an email sent to fellow lecturers on Thursday.

“Is this happening in other University Colleges? How long does it take to write and issue terms and conditions of service? You might have heard staff in FEMA/CoBAMS complaining about minutes regarding their promotion or appointment are either doctored or disappear completely.”

Dr Ireeta, who is in charge of the MUASA welfare, noted: “If this is true, COBAMS has lost a very objective, sincere and hardworking Principal they could ever have had. I have known Prof. Omunuk as an upright gentleman from way back when he was Lecturer at the then Faculty of Commerce at the Commerce Building and then when he and Dr. Balunywa together went on to start Makerere University Business School.

In his explanation, Prof Ddumba appreciated Prof Omunuk’s “concern and I have discussed before in face-to-face meetings.”

“As you may recall, the matter of terms and conditions of service for College Principals has also been discussed during the three interactive meetings I have had with College Principals and Dean of School of Law.


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