The council is the supreme governing body of the university. It is responsible for the overall administration of the university and ensuring the due implementation of the objects and functions of the university.
Without prejudice, it's responsible for the direction of the university academically, financially, and administratively. The Education committee chaired by Jacob Opolot had written to the university council chairperson Lorna Magara, requesting her to appear before the committee over the on-going impasse at the university.
However today, Tuesday Nawangwe appeared without Magara and other top management members. Nawangwe told the MPs that Magara was convening an urgent meeting at the university to resolve the on-going strike, and could not appear before the committee.
However, committee chairperson Opolot said the university requested the MPs to postpone the meeting to today in the hope that the university council chairperson would attend.
Emmanuel Ongiertho, the MP Jonam County in Nebbi says the university is not taking the current impasse seriously. Namwange was tasked to ensure that members of the university council appear before the committee on Wednesday.
Last month, Nawangwe suspended Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) for alleged indiscipline and inciting staff.
The others suspended earlier were; Bennet Magara, the chairperson Makerere Administrative Staff Association (Masa) and his general secretary, Joseph Kalema. Their suspension has since caused an stand-off between the university management and teaching staff.