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Kyambogo VC Refuses to Step Aside

Professor Omolo Ndiege, the Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University says he will not step aside to pave way for investigations into alleged mismanagement of the university.

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Professor Omolo Ndiege, the Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University says he will not step aside to pave way for investigations into alleged mismanagement of the university.

 

The university was closed on August 30 after lecturers refused to call off a sit-down strike, pushing for the resignation of the vice chancellor.

But Prof. Ndiege on Thursday told the Parliamentary Committee on Education that his stepping aside had legal implications and needed legal advice before he would do so. He however failed to explain what the exact implications would be. Ndiege was also concerned about his reputation both locally and internationally if the he accepts to leave office. He felt that it was unfair how the committee cornered him to resign.

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The lecturers say that without him stepping aside they will not resume teaching. They alleged that the VC has been mismanaging the institution while disrespecting the staff with warning letters.

The issues raised range from indiscipline and unethical conduct and poor management among others.

The impasse puts the university council in a tight corner. While the council is willing to reopen the university, the lecturers will not return until Prof. Ndiege steps aside.

The chairperson Kyambogo University Governing council, Prof. John Okedi had even suggested that the VC be given an extended leave to allow issues to be ironed out. But this option has been rejected by Prof. Ndiege.

The MPs were angry saying he needed to salvage the situation by stepping aside to allow investigations. Beatrice Anywar, Kitgum Woman MP pushed the committee to give Prof Ndiege an ultimatum of two days to make a statement or else parliament pronounces itself on the matter.

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MPs have also called for the disbandment of the Adhoc committee that was set up to investigate the alleged mismanagement of Kyambogo University.

This came after the council chairman Prof. Okedi told legislators that the committee is made up of members on the council. Prof. Okedi had said that the committee had started its work and would be concluding within two months.

MPs who included Yahaya Gudoi for Bungokho North, Joseph Sewungu for Kalungu West, Alex Ndezi for the disabled and Anywar said that they could not allow the council members to investigate themselves. They observed that some of the council members owe their allegiance to Prof. Ndiege and are likely to be compromised.

They said that a new independent committee should be instituted by an independent body but not Kyambogo University in order to avoid conflict of interest.

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