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Makerere HR director disowns affidavit in Nyanzi case

Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi

The director human resources directorate of Makerere University has denied contents of his own affidavit against suspended researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.   

Andrew Abunyang was on Wednesday appearing before Justice Lydia Mugambe in regards to the suit in which Nyanzi sued the university challenging Makerere for failing to implement the tribunal orders of reinstating her back in her position.

The Staff Appeals Tribunal presided over by George Omunyokol in October last year declared Nyanzi’s suspension as illegal. The tribunal had also ordered that Nyanzi be paid all her salary arrears in addition to reinstatement at the institution which the institution failed to honour.

Court was shocked when Abunyang continuously asked for parts of his affidavit to be changed. In his affidavit signed on December 10, 2018, Abunyang says Nyanzi’s contract with Makerere ended on October 17, 2017. 

But during cross-examination on Wednesday, Abunyang asked to amend the date to October 17, 2018, citing that it was a typing error. When Nyanzi’s lawyer Isaac Semakadde asked Abunyang when the motion was taken to court, Abunyang said he couldn’t remember.

“I do not remember when the motion was taken to court,” he said.

When further asked if he recalls seeing Nyanzi’s affidavit, he said no. Semakadde then asked Abunyang how this could be.

“In the first paragraph of your affidavit, you clearly say that you are writing in response to Dr Nyanzi’s affidavit. So, how can you respond to something that you did not see?"

Abunyang while under oath told court that he had not written his affidavit.

“I did not write the affidavit. It was drafted by someone in the legal department and brought to me for signing. I signed the document on 10th December 2018.”

Abunyang did not specify whether he read the affidavit before signing it and added that he does not recall which officer in the legal department brought him the affidavit to sign.

According to order 19 of the Civil Procedure Rules, affidavits should include facts which are known to the deponent or person who wrote and signed it. If proved that the contents of an affidavit are not known to the deponent or are not his, court can look at the act as fraudulent in nature.

Abunyang also confessed that Nyanzi’s extended suspension was against the human resource manual of the university that provides only 4 weeks suspension as disciplinary proceedings go on. Nyanzi has been on suspension for more than one year. She was suspended in 2016 and later in 2017.

Justice Mugambe adjourned the case to April 17.

Comments

0 #1 kabayekka 2019-03-07 12:56
This is the sort of work ethics that annoys the taxpayer of this country.

The miss use of his or her money anyhow to pay for so many mistakes civil servants have been found to make anyhow.

These are mistakes that must have been sorted out professionally at the source of the conflict other than being dragged to the courts of law. Mr Ambunyang should now be able to start paying for the one year salary of this researcher when she was mistakenly suspended plus the court costs of this dodgy university case.
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0 #2 Omuzira Ente 2019-03-07 13:09
What Dr. Stella Nyanzi's Lawyer can do is accept bail otherwise African is not Europe.

Here the judges act on orders so if you expect justice while in jail you risk losing your life and your children will surfer.

In Africa freedom fighter wage war at a distance where the arm of the ruling party cannot reach you otherwise when you are within their reach they can even kill you, people will morn for a week and you will be history leaving your children to surfer at the mercy of the very regime you hated
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0 #3 Akot 2019-03-07 20:09
Dr Stella Nyanzi is in trouble because she stood up to defend her people, face to abuse of criminal dictator Museveni, who has turned Uganda into hell, turned Ugandans against one another!

How can Ugandans help Museveni so that he just goes on terrorising-humiliating-torturing-arresting-harass ing...one another?

What better means for a demon dictator to go on as it's his victims that victimise themselves instead of UNITING to fight their common enemy/abuser!

If, by God's grace, Museveni drops dead, how will Ugandans look at themselves, who will says hello or smile to another...when the demon has made us enemies of one another?

How can Ugandans abandon-ignore-handle court cases against their own who stand up to defend their dignity, freedom, pride...& let the demon destroy them & their country like this?

Then what for Ugandans after Museveni?
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0 #4 Akot 2019-03-07 20:29
Dr Stella Nyanzi is not fighting for her own life, liberty, rights, but for that of Ugandans & she can only win if Ugandans are with her & not used in court against her, to bolster Museveni's position as sole ruler that no one has right to say anything against!

What if Ugandans start defending, supporting
Dr Stella Nyanzi in UNITY, as this will mean they belong to one another & won't leave any destroyed by a demon dictator who believes he was born to terrorise Ugandans, use them against one another?

Dr Stella Nyanzi knows she will never be free to live normally as long as Museveni rules, just as is the case with Kayihura, Rwenzururu tribal leader...!

Why are Ugandans used by Museveni against one another, why have they surrendered to be slaves without say in a country they still believe is theirs when it's not any more?
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-03-11 13:24
In other words, God bless the victims of tyranny and oppression.

Because of goofing around with the power to hire and fire, these are some of the reasons the VC is now quiet like the proverbial mouse.
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