Makerere University Spends More on litigation Than research

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By Nicholas Shawn Mugarura

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe while he was applying for the position of vice Chancellor of Makerere University, he promised a research-focused and financially independent institution. But that promise is now stuck.

According to a confidential dossier with Parliament’s committee on Education and sports, Makerere University’s litigation and legal settlements expenditure stands at Ush 5 billion.

Dr Deus Kamunyu, chairperson of the Makerere University Academic staff Association, who is now on suspension, says the institution spends Ush 650 million on research. The dossier to parliament however puts the amount at Ush 600 million.

The Chairman of the committee on Education and Sports, Jacob Opolot, said they are investigating gender inequality in appointments at Makerere, but will also look into the ongoing lecturers strikes.

Following Prof Nawangwe’ssuspensions and change in human resource manual, the staff at Makerere university went on strike.Forty-seven members of the staff were sacked due to the change and many have already filled cases with the labour and civil courts.

Other funds have been spent settling two cases out of Court. The two cases which are still in court arose from disputes with Prof Mahmood Mamdani, Director Makerere institute of social Research (MISR).

“The amount for litigation and legal settlements dwarfs the sum the university spends on research,” reads the dossier in part.

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