Stella Nyanzi On Her Way Out Of Makerere

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The embattled research fellow from the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Dr Stella Nyanzi, has fired back at the
university’s appointments board, insisting that
she is not interested in working at Makerere university again.
Her furious outburst came after a report
instituted by Makerere’s appointments board
found that Dr Nyanzi was guilty of misconduct
and should face a disciplinary committee.
A five-member committee called by the
appointments board had been tasked to explain
the misunderstanding between Dr Nyanzi and
the MISR director, Prof Mahmood Mamdani.
That committee was comprised of Hajjati
Sharifah Buzeki, (chairperson), Dr Sarah Ssali
(member), Prof Sarah Kiguli (member), Jude
Mbabaali (member) and Godwin Okiror
That committee found that, “Dr Nyanzi was
erroneously issued an appointment letter on
permanent employment terms as a research
fellow, which is a contractual job. The
subsequent confirmation in her appointment was also erroneous.”
The committee also found that Prof Mamdani’s
insistence that she teach a PhD class “was
proper and in line with Dr Nyanzi’s terms of
The five-member committee also concluded
that Dr Nyanzi’s decision to strip naked on April
18, 2016 contravened the university’s policies
and proper code of conduct, and calls for
punitive action against her.
Appointments board head Bruce Kabaasa said
there would be no punitive action against Prof
Mamdani, adding that his contract had been
extended so as to enable the university get a
suitable replacement when he goes away.
However, when Dr Nyanzi learnt of the findings,
she quickly brushed off the report and insisted
she would rather leave Makerere.
“I refuse to return to a violently-oppressive
workplace where I will continue under Mahmood Mamdani’s misogynistic reign of terror,” Nyanzi. told The Observer in a Facebook message, adding that she would not apologise for her protesting against ‘oppressive rules’.
She also complained that despite her concerns,
the university management had mishandled the
problems between her and Prof Mamdani. For
his part, Prof Mamdani declined to comment on
the matter until it is concluded.
Apart from Dr Nyanzi, the university’s vice
chancellor (VC), Prof John Dddumb sqq sent anyumba-Ssentamu
and the human resource director, Mary Tizikara,
were faulted for being negligent of their duties.
The committee called for the duo to face
disciplinary action.