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Heavy Deployment at Nkumba as University Lays Off Senior Staff

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In an internal memo, Nkumba University administration, says the staff were laid off as part of the efforts by management to upgrade and improve service delivery. “We strive to restructure the university setting so as to improve the quality of services we offer to our people across the country,” reads part of the memo. Some of the affected employees have reportedly started mobilizing students to oppose their sacking.
Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu with Nkumba university Vice chancellor Professor Mande Muyinda
There is heightened security in Nkumba University in Katabi town council to prevent a possible strike by students and staff following the sacking of several staff.  

Among those laid off is the University Dean, Charles Kasasa and Communications Officer, Richard Ecweru, various lecturers and support staff.  

In an internal memo, Nkumba University administration, says the staff were laid off as part of the efforts by management to upgrade and improve service delivery. 

 

“We strive to restructure the university setting so as to improve the quality of services we offer to our people across the country,” reads part of the memo. 

Some of the affected employees have reportedly started mobilizing students to oppose their sacking.

The strike, according to a source in the university, would compel the University council and Vice Chancellor, Wilson Muyinda Mande to rescind the decision. 

This prompted management to alert security, which has seen the deployment of police officer to contain the situation.

More than 70 uniformed and plain clothed police officers have been deployed to secure the university. 

Baker Kawonawo, the Entebbe District Police Commander, says they deployed after being tipped off about the impending strike.           

"We are gathering intelligence on who is leading those who want to strike. If we get him we would better understand their motive and intention,” Kawonawo said. 

The Nkumba University Guild President, Brian Luswata says the Administration should stop making changes without informing the student’s guild for further dissemination to students.  

Wilson Mande, the Nkumba University Vice Chancellor declined to comment on the matter when contacted by our reporter.

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