Makerere University Business School –MUBS principal Prof Wasswa Balunywa has suspended Dr Isaac Wanzige Magoola, a senior lecturer at the same campus for alleged use of abusive language.
Dr Magoola, has also been the acting Makerere University Business Academic Staff Association –MUBASA. According to a letter from Prof. Balunywa, Dr. Magoola will be away on half-pay effective this month.
The development comes two days after Magoola's dismissal from the position of the Dean, Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, a position he has occupied since July 1, 2018. In the letter justifying his removal from the position, Balunywa stated that it was unacceptable for Magoola as a member of MUBS management to continue acting as the academic staff association chairperson.
“You will appreciate that as Principal, I have no business in election and appointment of the leadership of MUBASA. Your letter makes your position as Dean of Faculty untenable and shows a conflict of interest,” Balunywa said, before referring the matter to the Appointments Board.
This letter, however, prompted Dr Magoola to author a three-page-response to the principal and the chairperson of the Appointments Board describing his removal as null and void. He said the letter suspending him from the position of Dean of Faculty was not only illegal but inconsequential.
“I am a Senior Lecturer with a right to associate under MUBASA which entitles me to vote and be voted, and an academic staff with a right to vote and be voted for in such leadership positions provided I qualify,” Dr Magoola wrote.
Prof. Balunywa in his letter says the suspended prof has in the past attacked him personally, his family and members in the school community. I find this conduct unacceptable,” Professor Balunywaadded.
However, Dr. Magoola is now seeking the intervention of the appointing authority in the alleged abuses at Makerere University Business School, which he says threaten to ruin the leading business school.