Kyambogo VC Ndiege voted out of office
The Kyambogo University Council voted to remove the vice-chancellor (VC), Prof. Isaiah Ndiege, over alleged mismanagement.
The council’s resolution to end Ndiege’s tenure was reached after a Wednesday meeting that was convened to discuss the findings of an ad hoc committee set up to investigate Ndiege over alleged mismanagement.
Under the law governing public universities, the university council has powers to hire and fire the top officials of the university, although the council decisions are effected through the chancellor.
The current chancellor is Dr. Eric Adriko.
“Kyambogo University council, sitting at Hotel Africana today, has resolved that in light of the ad hoc committee report and in the interest of students, Prof. Isaiah Ndiege be removed from office,” the university’s spokesperson, Lawrence Madete, told journalists at Hotel Africana.
Out of the 20 council members who attended yesterday’s meeting which ended at 7:00pm, 13 backed the move to remove Ndiege, citing public interest.
On August 30, the university was closed for about three weeks after its council declined to send Ndiege and 11 other university officials on forced leave over alleged abuse of office.
Ndiege was subsequently sent on forced leave and was yet to resume work.
This week, Kyambogo students petitioned the education minister, Jessica Alupo, demanding an assurance that the university was not to close again if Ndiege resumed office at the end of his leave.
The committee’s report seen by New Vision faults the vice-chancellor for allegedly usurping the powers of the internal auditor and accounting officer.
He reportedly approved all payments above sh1m and signed payment vouchers.
He is further accused of ‘autocratic leadership style’ leading to a high staff turn-over.
It cited his warning letters to staff without going through their supervisors.
By Taddeo Bwambale, The New Vision
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