Kyambogo Staff Vow To Strike Over Ndiege Reinstatement

Some of the Kyambogo officials at the Anti-Corruption Court recently. The staffers are at loggerheads with former VC Prof. Isaiah Ndiege. NET PHOTO
Some of the Kyambogo officials at the Anti-Corruption Court recently. The staffers are at loggerheads with former VC Prof. Isaiah Ndiege. NET PHOTO

Kyambogo University staff is set to strike if Prof. Isaiah Ndiege is reinstated as Vice Chancellor. Ndiegi was on Friday last week reinstated by the Nakawa High court back to his position.

“Yes it is true the leaders of the staff associations – Kyusasa, National Union Educational Institutions, and Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association are in the middle of an important meeting,”Mr Jackson Betihamah, the chairperson of Kyambogo University Senior Administrative Staff Association (Kyusasa) told RedPepper Online edition in a phone interview on Monday morning.

“The decision we took last year still stands, if Ndiege comes back here, we are moving out to let him run his university,” he added.

“”That man (Ndiegi) is a dictator.”

Judge Wilson Masalu Musene issued an order directing the University Council to comply with the findings and recommendations of Parliament which ordered the entire University management, to be investigated by the office of the IGG, Auditor General and Directorate of Criminal Investigation was also issued.

Ndiege became Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor in January 2009. But he has endured a challenging tenure, with a section of staff fighting him, accusing him of undermining his subordinates and running down the institution.

Last year, the feud came to a boiling point when staff laid down tools, forcing the institution to close for some weeks.

They only resumed work after the university council decided to dismiss Ndiege, a decision he later challenged in court which ruled that he had only been sent on forced leave. But the council in April dramatically went ahead and extended his leave by 90 days and by the time the leave ends, he could be out of office for close to a year.

The university spokesman, Lawrence Madette preferred not to comment on the matter when we contacted him.

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