Friday July 4 2014

Prof Ndiege’s dismissal wrong - AG

Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege. FILE PHOTO.

Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege. FILE PHOTO. 


Attorney General Peter Nyombi has said it was wrong for Kyambogo University Council to refuse to renew the contract of Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege after it expired in January. Prof Ndiege was the vice chancellor at Kyambogo University.

In a June 13 letter to the Education minister, Jessica Alupo, Mr Nyombi said the standards of appointment and reappointment are synonymous and require the same standard to apply, which should have applied in Prof Ndiege’s case.

He said the advice sought from private practitioners [Kalenge, Bwanika, Ssawa and Company Advocates] when the principal legal advisor is the Attorney General was not binding and is of no consequence and should not have been relied on.

The Daily Monitor could not get a comment from Ms Alupo as her mobile phone went unanswered by press time. However, Dr Chrysostom Muyingo, the State minister for Higher Education, told the Daily Monitor last week that indeed the Attorney General had written to them “notifying us about Prof Ndiege’s issues”, however, he refused to give any detail in regard to a matter directed to Ms Alupo.
Yesterday Prof Ndiege acknowledged receipt of the letter but said he was waiting for the University Council to implement the directive.

Meanwhile Prof Elly Katunguka, the acting Kyambogo University vice chancellor, scoffed at Mr Nyombi, saying “the leadership at the university is not appointed by his office”.