By Farooq Kasule
The lawyer to sacked Makerere University researcher, Dr Stella Nyanzi has informed court that she experienced a miscarriage and hence failed to swear affidavits in the support of her case against the University.
Yesterday, the court was slated to start hearing the case but Nyanzi’s lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde told the presiding Judge Lydia Mugambe that she has been unwell since the last session.
“My Lord, we are unable to proceed because my client suffered a miscarriage in prison and I was unable to get in touch with her to affirm the required affidavits,” Ssemakadde submitted.
Nyanzi who appeared dismayed in court also confirmed the development although New Vision could not independently establish the same since no document was tendered in court.
She explained that the miscarriage was a result of High blood pressure. “I experienced the miscarriage last Friday,” she said.
An affidavit is a formal written statement setting out the facts of the case particularly in the civil matters.
Following, the development the judge adjourned the matter until February 13.
Nyanzi is currently behind bars for allegedly using indecent communication against President Yoweri Museveni.
She is charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication contrary to the computer Misuse Act, 2012.
Before, the adjournment, Mugambe blasted the University Appointment’s Board over failure to implement the Staff tribunal orders which she said is unfortunate.
“Why didn’t you first enforce the tribunal orders and then get a mechanism of handling her dispute,” Mugambe said.
She then tasked the University Director Human Resource, Andrew Abunyang who was in court to explain whether Nyanzi is still regarded as an employee of the University.
In reply, Abunyang told court that Nyanzi has never been interdicted or sacked but her contract was not renewed after it expired.
However, Nyanzi contends that she has a permanent and pensionable contract with the University and there is no way she could be sacked.
She disclosed that her interdiction was after she declined to take up a new assignment at the school of law.
“I refused the transfer to the school of law because I was not a teacher,” Nyanzi stated.
Last year, Nyanzi dragged Makerere University to court accusing its Appointments Board over failure to implement the Staff Tribunal directives which ordered for her immediate reinstatement and promotion.
The University tribunal is established under section 56 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act to handle matters regarding the worker’s grievances.
She is seeking a judicial review concerning the legality of the University Appointment’s Board failure to implement the two staff tribunal decisions dated 16 October, 2017 and 16 October, 2018 respectively.
On March, 31, 2017, Nyanzi was indefinitely suspended by former Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu on the orders of the University Appointments Board chairman Bruce Balaba for allegedly attacking the First lady Mrs. Janet Museveni on her Facebook wall.
Nyanzi’s troubles at the University started in 2016 following a dispute with her supervisor prof. Mahmood Mamdani who was the Director at the Institute of Social Research.
Nyanzi stripped naked in protest accusing Mamdani of forcing her to teach whereas her term of employment was restricted to research.