The troubled Kyambogo University is engulfed in chaos again.
The latest turmoil came after a court ordered the return of controversial vice chancellor, Prof Isaiah Ndiege, who had been suspended by the university council.
With staff going on strike to protest the court decision, it's the students yet again who have to bear the brunt of this university's unending troubles, especially with-end-of semester exams set for later this month.
Kyambogo University has experienced administration problems almost since its inception. The appointment of an expatriate vice chancellor in Ndiege, a Kenyan national, was meant to heal this malaise. But it has not gone according to plan.
Prof A.B.K. Kasozi, a former head of the National Council for Higher Education, blames the university's woes on its rushed creation in 2003.
Kasozi says in an article published in New Vision this week that the merging of three institutions, Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK), Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo (ITEK) and Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE) was not only rushed but it also brought together very different partners who have failed to form one harmonious institution.
According to Kasozi, the consolidated institution has failed to evolve into a single shared vision and mission for a common purpose. Worse still, each of the units lost its niche in the education market upon the merger.
For instance, UPK was known for producing quality engineers with diploma qualifications. ITEK was Uganda's premier training institution for secondary school teachers. These two niches have been lost in the union.
Worryingly, a National Council for Higher Education monitoring visit led by Rev Dr Michael Senyimba, vice chancellor of Ndejje University, in 2011, found that Kyambogo lacked "a niche in society, had no direction and its workers were occupied mainly in the struggle to access institutional resources rather than the advancement or transmitting of knowledge."
Kasozi further revealed that the Visitation to Public Universities [McGregor] committee of 2006-7 advised the government to split up the university or foster a federal setup.
With Kyambogo University continuing to experience upheaval, perhaps the government should listen to the likes of Kasozi and the McGregor committee and dissolve a marriage that is clearly failing or at least restructure it.