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Nawangwe faces parliamentary Education Committee over Makerere fights

Parliamentary Committee on Education and Sports have issued a summon to the Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to explain the reason behind the current stand still at the University.

Nawangwe has been commanded to appear on Wednesday along with the chairperson of the University Council, to explain his alleged participation in unlawful suspension of staff at the Ivory Tower.

“Out of the problems affecting the University now, are rotating around the VC. So, we’ve said tomorrow he has to come, there is an issue of unequitable distribution of appointments of workers. Women are marginalised at the University, they are very few,” Joseph Ssewungu MP Kalungu west (DP) stated.

Kalungu west legislator Joseph Ssewungu who seats on the Education Committee says they summoned Nawangwe to explain why staff have failed to end the strike.

“For him is saying it’s only law school that is not working yet all the institutions are not working and he’s intimidating and to us when it comes to intimidating lecturers at the University or any worker, we part like enemies. So, for us tomorrow we have summoned him with everybody, we must know the problems at the University and he must reopen the University.”

The crisis at Makerere was also tabled in Tuesday’s parliamentary sitting and legislators requested Jocob Olanyah the Deputy Speaker of parliament to summon Janet Museveni the Minister of Education and Sports, to give a statement on the issue.

“Hon Speaker as a nation we need an explanation from the Minister of Education to come and tell us, let the Minister tell the nation when is this University opening? What about those students who had reported and they are staying around idle spending money, parents are spending money? What should they do? Should they go back to their homes or villages wherever they came from? What about the international students who had reported what should happen to them?” MP Lubogo Kenneth stated.

Relatedly, Hon Ruth Nankabirwa the government Chief whip asked the Speaker to avail the Minister for an explanation.  

“Make sure that the Minister in charge of Education makes a statement here in the house.”