Kyambogo VC gets warm welcome from students as staff protest
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
KAMPALA- Business at Kyambogo University is at standstill after a section of staff and senior administrators suspended work yesterday protesting the return of Vice Chancellor Isaiah Ndiege.
The staff, majority lecturers and support staff such as cooks and cleaners, were mobilised out of office by their union leaders, saying: “No work until Ndiege leaves.”
Prof Ndiege, a Kenyan national who was hired in 2009 by management that sought for a person neutral to the intrigue bedevilling the public university, returned to a hero’s welcome amidst chants and merrymaking amongst students and supporters.
He fell out with several of his underlings in mid-2012 which later heightened into series of strikes by staff and students, leading to a one-month closure of the institution before the University Council (the top decision maker) sent him on forced leave “in public interest” to contain the situation.
Commenting on the matter, Prof Ndiege said: “You have all been here, and are witnesses. I’m not an enemy to everyone but they have all gone away to portray me in bad picture.”
“I’m glad court saw the right side, and now I’m waiting for when they will reopen my office.”
On Monday last week, Nakawa High Court Judge Wilson Musene ruled that the intention of the University Council to keep Prof Ndiege on indefinite forced leave until his contract expires in 2014 could not be
Kyambogo University was established under Section 3 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2003 from the merger of Uganda Polytechnic, Institute of Teachers Education and Institute of Special Education.
Ten years later, the university continues to experience unrest among students and lecturers over mismanagement of funds and, poor or insufficient learning infrastructure. The three institutions which were merged, had 4,400 students. Today, the university has 25,000 students with the same infrastructure.