Kyambogo should be brought to order
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
Kyambogo University, which has been in crisis for the greater past of the last two years, this week descended to another level when most of the teaching and non-teaching staff, including cooks walked away in protest at the return of interdicted vice chancellor Isaiah Omollo Ndiege.
Prof Ndiege who had been on suspension by the university council returned to office after the High Court ruled that his suspension was improper and unlawful.
One would therefore have expected that the university staff, many of whom hold several academic credentials, would appreciate the ruling of court and either appeal at a higher court or respect the ruling.
Instead, they have descended into a mobocracy causing unnecessary disruption to students and parents because they are not willing to work with him for purely personal reasons.
Whatever Prof Ndiege’s personal faults, he was given the job on merit and until his competence in key performance indicators (KPI), as outlined in his appointment letter are found wanting, the staff have no business closing a public institution ostensibly because they can’t work with him. So far, they have failed to make a case against the VC and so has the council, whose decision court threw out this week, for lack of merit.
Earlier, a ministerial committee had also cleared the VC of any wrongdoing and so did the Parliamentary Committee on Social Services.
All these institutions cannot be wrong, including the students, who seemed to welcome the return of Prof Ndiege.
The underlying problem at Kyambogo seems to be massive corruption, which revolves around many of the administrators and staff. The presence of Prof Ndiege seems to disrupt that system and now the wrong doers want to use the fact that he is not a Ugandan national to hound him out.
Relevant authorities must call the lectures’ bluff and if need be, take punitive action against the mobs who are abusing a public institution for purely personal motives.