28 April 2014

Uganda: Mandy Explains His Resignation

Fagil Mandy at the weekend moved to explain his resignation as chairman of the Uganda National Examinations Board. Mandy said he quit on Friday, a day after he received a letter from Education Minister Jessica Alupo directing him to formalize an indefinite extension of Matthew Bukenya's contract as Uneb executive secretary.

Mandy's resignation was the climax of a bitter feud between him and Bukenya whose contract has previously been extended. Earlier in week, Alupo had caused the deployment of the police at the Uneb offices to secure Bukenya, who Mandy insists was in office illegally because his contract had expired.

"The last time we extended his contract was in January to enable him handle the exams; it was a three-month extension, and I'm still wondering how the police came to be deployed," Mandy told The Observer on Saturday.

He told us that he felt "very annoyed" with the recent developments at Uneb.

"I can't work under the conditions at Uneb, the board is supposed to operate independently, not on directives. I don't agree with the way we have been directed, it [the extension] is a matter for the board, not the minister," he said.

Mandy said that in her letter, Alupo informed the board that appointment of a substantive executive secretary would be handled by the secretariat, something he said was improper. A recent report by the Inspectorate of Government had recommended that Mandy should be fired for allegedly influencing the appointment of Bukenya's successor, which has since been rescinded.

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