Suspended Makerere Lecturer Fires Back

Prof Elisam Magara, a university professor, suspended for awarding marks to students without marking their scripts has threatened to sue the university.

According to the university, Prof Magara, allegedly awarded marks to 33 students without marking their scripts. But Magara insists he got his marching orders without being given an opportunity to defend himself.

On December 4, Prof Ddumba-Sentamu suspended Prof Magara and ordered that he returns the money paid to him for “marking the scripts”.

Until his case is resolved, Prof Magara will earn half pay and is barred from his office at Makerere’s East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) department, where he has taught for over 17 years. He was also previously, a dean when EASLIS was still a faculty.

In a letter to the vice chancellor, Prof John Ddumba-Sentamu, from his lawyers, Akampumuza and company aocates, Prof Magara argues that he and the university head haven’t been friends since 2012.

Prof Magara and Prof Ddumba-Sentamu both contested the university vice chancellorship in 2012, which the latter won.

Prof Magara accuses Ddumba-Sentamu of conniving with officials in the college of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) to kick him out of the university. He alleges that three college officials hid the students’ scripts, leaving him with no option but to derive the final grades from course works, tests and research projects, the students had done earlier in the semester.

In the same letter dated December 16, Prof Magara wants the university to lift his suspension, pay his full salary and arrears. The law firm also demands Shs 2m in legal fees.

The affected students are supposed to graduate next month. Efforts to get a comment from the university authorities were futile as the university is on recess.

Source : The Observer

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