Makerere finds Dr Nyanzi guilty, for disciplinary action

Stella Nyanzi

A Committee that was appointed by the Makerere University Appointments Board to investigate the stripping of Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi, has recommended disciplinary action against her.

The report released on Monday afternoon said after reviewing how Research is managed at MISR, it was observed that Dr Nyanzi was not participating in Research at MISR.

Dr Stella Nyanzi was erroneously offered an appointment letter for a permanent job at MISR yet the Human Resource Manual provides for a 5-year contract.

The report said her disagreement with Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the institute director stemmed from the consistent demand by Prof Mamdani that Dr Nyanzi should teach which she defied.

The report said Mamdani’s act to request Nyanzi to teach was proper and was in line with her terms of employments which she defied hence insubordination.

The nude protest by Nyanzi was premeditated and was planned with some students at MISR who were sympathetic to her.

The committee recommended that Nyanzi’s actions were of gross misconduct and should be subjected to disciplinary action.

The committee also found the Human Resource Manager guilty of complacency and failing to offer guidance.

The HR was also committed to the Disciplinary Committee.

In the presence of her two Lawyers, Dr Stella Nyanzi admitted that she had no mental condition.

Bruce Kabaasa, the chairman of Makerere appointments Board said MISR hasn’t be audited for the last 5 years.

This made it difficult for the committee to investigate MISR’s compliance with the Audit Manual.

“Those University officials who failed to take action in this matter, (we )shall take action on them,” Kabaasa said.

The Vice Chancellor Prof Ssentamu Ddumba was taking a back seat in matters relating to staff performance and academic affairs yet he is responsible for these.

“There was no evidence that these matters were discussed in any Management meeting since January- April when the disagreement went out of hand.”

The report also said claims that Prof Mamdani gave office space to his wife Mira Nair of Mirabai Films were false.

The committee didn’t find any evidence to that effect.

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