We cannot continue paying for strikes
Posted Sunday, November 3 2013 at 00:00
Reference is made to the ongoing strike at Kyambogo University currently in its third day as I write this. A lot has been said about the management of the university and associated leadership wrangles. We have all read about the mismanagement and abuse of resources by the university through the Auditor General’s report. Striking has become a fashion or call it style in public universities particularly Kyambogo and Makerere universities. Every semester there is a strike either by students or lectures or both leading to a month or so being lost in hopeless conduct.
I am concerned that in the name of freedom of speech, association and respecting rights of workers, some unscrupulous people are abusing the rights of others and mobilising people to harass, abuse or gang against credible leaders because of their selfish motives. In the case of Kyambogo Univeristy, court has ruled to re-instate Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege based upon substantiated evidence that he is a legitimate vice chancellor. We should note that not everybody will be a vice chancellor of a university, why all this fracas?
To my surprise, the workers at Kyambogo University are getting so petty by absconding from duty, locking up offices and lecture rooms! Where do they get the moral authority and clout to do that.
While I do not condone dictatorship, I feel that the government should handle the ring leaders of the strike with an iron hand. Enough is enough, the taxpayers and the parents of private sponsored students cannot continue watching this drama and losing money to a workforce that is not focussed. What crime has Prof Ndiege committed that cannot be resolved amicably? What image are our leaders showing young people? no wonder these days you see a very hostile society eager to fight all the time because “monkey see, monkey does.”
The Ministry of Education should come in now, the collapse of Kyambogo reflects incompetence of the Ministry of Education.
Should the students miss exams because of greedy lectures? We need lecturers who are seasoned, those who potray good leadership and are committed to nation building. If people do not want to do their work, let them go and rear pigs.
A concerned parent in Fort Portal