By Innocent Anguyo
Despite having been given access to office, Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor Prof Isaiah Ndiege Omolo is yet to regain instruments of power.
To that effect, Kyambogo University Council, the institution’s supreme decision making body is slated to convene tomorrow (Monday) to determine when Prof Ndiege can officially resume duty.
On Thursday, the council opened Ndiege’s office but former Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Prof Fabian Nabugwomu continued acting as Vice Chancellor.
Kyambogo spokesman Lawrence Madete told New Vision that Prof Ndiege will have to officially receive the instruments of power that he handed over to the University last year before he can fully exercise as Vice Chancellor.
“Kyambogo University will sit to forge a way-forward as regards when a handover of office can be conducted,” said Prof Ndiege
Ndiege who controversially left office after the University Council sent him on forced leave on 17 September 2012 and subsequently recommended his dismissal.
The moved followed allegations of mismanaging the university, failing to respect the governing council and staff as well as failure to effectively run the university. He took the matter to court.
Last week, the Nakawa High Court made a ruling asserting that Prof Ndiege recommences his duties at Kyambogo.
Justice Wilson Masalu Musene in his ruling quashed the earlier decision reached by Kyambogo University Council recommending the dismissal of Prof Ndiege.
Ndiege has urged all staff to resume work but to no avail. Both teaching and non-teaching staff of Kyambogo University have stuck to their guns, insisting that they will continue to lay down their tools if Prof Ndiege does not leave Uganda’s second largest public university.
The strike by staff has paralyzed Kyambogo, triggering fears among students that the institution could be closed if the warring factions don’t clinch a middle ground over the matter.
End of semester examinations are set for 25 November 2013 while graduation is slated to take place from 19th to 20th December 2013.
Madete has called on the members of staff to resume work saying shunning duty was unfair to students whom he said are evidently the biggest losers in squabble. Police continue to maintain a presence on campus.