The Kyambogo University Council insists that outgoing vice chancellor professor Isaiah Omolo Ndiege must compete with other applicants if he wants to be reappointed for another term of office.
This didn’t go down well with professor Ndiege. In a 12th January letter to the university council, professor Ndiege said he was dissatisfied with the council decision to advertise the position of Vice Chancellor in the presence of an eligible candidate who has been occupying the office for the last 5 years.
Ndiege said this was in breach of section 31 (4) of the Universities and Other tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended and Article 253 of the Constitution of Uganda.
It provides that the Vice Chancellor shall be appointed on terms and conditions determined by the University Council for five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one more term.
Ndiege asked how he can do an interview for the same job he had holding substantively, arguing that it is tantamount to double jeopardy.
He asked the university council to respond to his letter in not later than 7 days after receipt of the same.
Lawrence Madete, the Kyambogo University Public relations Officer says council has decided to follow the law to the later and will not yield to the demands by Ndiege.
Madete says from their consultations some of the things Ndiege raises in his letter can be addressed in the law. He says the university council directed Ndiege to hand over office and compete for the office of the Vice Chancellor with other candidates.
Madete explains that Council initiated the search process by selecting three members from amongst the 23 members to join the search committee.
He however, discloses that they left out staff representatives to avoid a scenario were members of staff are involved in appointing their boss.
He says the three members from the university council will join two representatives from the Senate, which is comprised of Deans of faculties and schools and heads of academic units to make a team of five.
Madette says the five representatives agree on the criteria as to what should constitute the advertisement in the initial search process.
He added that the team also agrees on the parameters as to what should constitute the search process, when to interface with the applicants, the requirements of applicants and pass marks.
Madette explains that once the committee has interacted and interviewed the applicants, the names are sent to the appointments board, which always meets the applicants before they go on to meet the senate.
He says from this point names of three applicants are selected and sent to the Chancellor, who carries out consultations before appointing the vice chancellor.
According to the Universities and Other tertiary Institutions Act 2003 with amended Act 2006, Under the Provision of a Vice Chancellor; Section 31 (2) the Vice Chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council from among three candidates recommended by the Senate.
Section 31 (3) A search Committee composed of two members from the University Council and three members from the University Senate shall identify suitable candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor and forward them to the Senate to nominate three candidates for recommendation to the University Council.
Section 31 (4) The Vice Chancellor shall be appointed on terms and conditions determined by the University Council for five years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one more term.