Kyambogo Lecturers Petition Parliament

The lecturers have petitioned parliament seeking its intervention in the squabbles that have engulfed the institution leading to its closure on Thursday.

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The ongoing stand-off between the Kyambogo University management and the academic staff members is not about to end.

The lecturers have petitioned parliament seeking its intervention in the squabbles that have engulfed the institution, which was closed indefinitely on Thursday after they refused to call off a sit-down strike.

The lectures led by Rev. Dr. Grace Lubaale, the Vice Chairperson Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association (KYUASA), on Friday asked parliament to intervene and have the university re-opened.

The stand-off pits the teaching staff against the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaiah Omolo Ndiege.

The lectures are demanding that Prof. Ndiege steps aside to pave way for investigations into mismanagement of funds. The issues raised range from discipline and ethical conduct, managerial, promotion of lectures, procurement, appointment of staff and their allowances.

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Some of the complaints by the lecturers include one Prof. Ndiege treats administrators with disrespect. He allegedly backs and ridicules the staff.

On infrastructure, the lectures say it is inadequate. While the Vice Chancellor boasts of having three cars to himself, the university lacks lecture rooms, has limited library space, offices and toilets. The lecturers contend that some secondary schools are better equipped in terms of infrastructure than Kyambogo University.

The lecturers also say that staff that decides to study out of Uganda get meager allowances of about 200 US Dollars per month while managers on a two-weeks refresher course are fully facilitated with air tickets and other allowances.

The staff members also distaste the use of the so called Crime Desk. The desk that is manned by a member of the university security organ has turned to be a witch-hunting ground for the staff against the management. The lecturers feel the desk would be more useful in tackling other issues like theft of property. In 2011, more than 130 computers were stolen from the university but to date no crime report has been made.

But until the Vice chancellor steps aside, the lecturers say they will not return to the lecture rooms as the university remains closed.

Receiving the petition, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, promised to handle the matter as quickly as possible. He promised that the petition would be tabled in parliament on Tuesday next week by Yona Musinguzi, the Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament.

The petition will then be handled by the Committee of Education.

On August 20, Kyambogo lecturers resumed their strike demanding for a 300% salary increment plus other allowances. They also accused Professor Ndiege of mismanaging the institution. KYUASA had given the administration a 14-day ultimatum to respond to their demands which elapsed that day with no formal agreement reached.

On Monday this week, the university council announced that it had sent the vice chancellor and 11 other senior staff on forced leave. Drama continued, however, with an announcement on Tuesday reversing the suspension.