Case against NCHE boss dropped
Posted Friday, October 11 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- The plaintiffs in a case where the appointment of Prof John Opuda as the executive director of the National Council for High Education (NCHE) is being challenged, have withdrawn an application intended to block him from assuming office until the substantive suit is determined.
High Court assistant registrar Tadeo Asiimwe yesterday heard that Prof Opuda has already assumed office and that the application to temporarily stop the same had been rendered nugatory, hence the justification for the withdrawal. However, the court was not informed exactly when Prof Opuda assumed office.
“We seek to withdraw the application with no orders to costs since the respondents were not served and no reply is on record,” said Mr Joseph Kyazze, the lawyer who represented the three concerned citizens.
Accordingly, Mr Asiimwe withdrew the application with no costs to either party.
Prof Opuda’s appointment as the new NCHE head is being challenged by three concerned citizens: Mr Andrew Kamukama, Mr Asuman Irungu and Mr Ali Zikara. They contend that Prof Opuda was not the best candidate for the job as he reportedly came second behind Prof Moses Golola at the conclusion of the interviews.
Court records show that at the conclusion of the interviews and upon assessment of performance of the shortlisted applicants, NCHE declared three persons to have passed the interview above the pass mark as follows: Prof Golola (66.4 per cent), Prof Opuda (64.2 per cent) and Assoc Prof E.A Karooro (35.3 per cent).
Court has set November 18 to hear the substantive suit.