14 November 2012

Uganda: Kyambogo Staff Warn On Parliament Report On Ndiege

Kyambogo University staff have dismissed a parliamentary report on under-fire Vice Chancellor Isaiah Ndiege, saying an attempt to reinstate him will lead to withdrawal of their services.

"Should any organ force reinstate Prof. Ndiege at Kyambogo University, we shall withdraw our services immediately, without even having to reconvene," came the stern warning from the chairperson of University Senior Administrative Staff Association (KYUSASA), Jackson Betihamah.

"When Ndiege comes back, he will be over-stretched and will have a bad experience which will be more than what Napoleon Bonaparte received in Moscow Campaign."

Betihamah said the university staff wrote a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, requesting that the House respects the decision of the university council.

The majority of the council members voted that Prof. Ndiege leaves office, but the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the university Chancellor.

A decision on whether to sack the VC or to have him stay at the helm of the public university has not yet been made.

The University and other Tertiary Institute Act 2001 gives the University Council powers to remove the vice chancellor, but it is silent on the role of any other institutions like the ministry of education and Parliament that have been stakeholders in the Kyambogo crisis.

The staff's threat comes in the wake of a parliamentary report released last week, which cleared Prof. Ndiege of any wrongdoing on all the ten allegations against him.

As such, some lawmakers suggested his reinstatement.

The legislative body's report noted that the accusations labeled against the VC were not committed by him but that he is being held accountable by virtue of his position in the institution.

Lawmakers also cited sectarianism in Prof. Ndiege's troubles. Some individuals at the university are said to be unhappy with the fact that the VC is Kenyan. However, New Vision cannot independently ascertain the said attitudes.

Lectures under their associations University Senior Administrative Staff Association (KYUSASA), KYUASA and National Union of Educational Institutions (NUEI), resolved to support council's resolutions of removing Ndiege from office "in public interest".

A lecture on the Faculty of Arts, Robert Ojambo said that the embattled professor has since August gone on to demonize staff, members of management and the governing council.

"Even now members of Parliament have gone on to refer us as thieves, thugs and criminals and yet they [MPs] passed through our hands," Ojambo said.

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