By Innocent Anguyo
Kyambogo University vice chancellor, Prof. Isaiah Omolo Ndiege, has written to Sam Akorimo, the university secretary, asking to be reappointed for a second term.
“In accordance with Section 31(4) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act and Article 143 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, I hereby apply for renewal of my appointment as vice-chancellor,” the letter read in part.
“Please, arrange for council or the relevant committee to review my performance during the first term and make a decision before the current term ends, to avoid a break between the two terms. Should the university council be unable to make a decision before the expiry of the current contract, then I should be considered for appointment in acting capacity until a lasting decision is made,” Ndiege added.
Notice of end of tenure
In the letter dated December 16, Ndiege also requested that 30% of his gratuity be paid by the end of the current contract or soon after.
In Ndiege’s appointment letter signed by the then Kyambogo council chairman, James Kalebbo, he was also given a fully furnished house, a vehicle and driver, three domestic servants and a security guard.
Other benefits are the payment of utility bills such as water and electricity, and airtime worth sh150,000 per month. His gross salary and responsibility allowance amounted to sh6.1m.
Ndiege’s letter to the university secretary was in response to a letter written to him by Kyambogo university’s director of human resources, Godfrey Tumwesigye, reminding him of the looming end of his five-year contract.
In the letter dated December 3, Tumwesigye told Ndiege: “I refer to your appointment letter dated December 4, in which you were offered a five-year contract as vice-chancellor. Records in your personal file indicate that you assumed duty as vice-chancellor with effect from January 12, 2010. This implies that your five-year contract will end on January 11, 2014.”
Nonetheless, Tumwesigye told Ndiege that since he was still serving his first term, he was equally eligible for reappointment for one more term at the discretion of the council.
Staff maintain stand
Both teaching and nonteaching Kyambogo staff insist they will stick to their November 18, resolution of laying down their tools, if Ndiege is still in office by January 14, 2014.
“The staff have resolved to resume the withdrawal of services on January 13, 2014, without having to reconvene should Prof. Ndiege continue to occupy the office of the vice-chancellor of Kyambogo University, well aware that his contract would have elapsed on 11th January 2014,” stated the letter to the council signed by the chairperson of the staff association, Dr. Charles Twesigye.
Kyambogo students start end of semester examinations on January 6 and complete during the last days of the month. If staff resume their strike, it could paralyse the university and force examinations to be abandoned midway.