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Kyambogo VC ordered out of office

By Vision Reporter

Added 30th November 2009 03:00 AM

IN an unprecedented move, the High Court has ordered the vice-chancellor of Kyambogo, Prof. Isaiah Ndiege, and a security officer to vacate their offices until a case filed against the university is settled.

IN an unprecedented move, the High Court has ordered the vice-chancellor of Kyambogo, Prof. Isaiah Ndiege, and a security officer to vacate their offices until a case filed against the university is settled.

By Edward Anyoli

IN an unprecedented move, the High Court has ordered the vice-chancellor of Kyambogo, Prof. Isaiah Ndiege, and a security officer to vacate their offices until a case filed against the university is settled.

Isaac Muwata, the deputy registrar, yesterday directed both the vice-chancellor and security officer, Samuel Oryem, to leave their offices pending the outcome of an appeal filed by three university officials.

The assistant estates officer, Edward Turyomurungendo, the deputy transport officer, Rogers Barigye, and the senior security officer, Barnabas Rwakibwana, are challenging their interrogation by the Police and imminent prosecution.

The three officials were among five people who a fortnight ago were interrogated by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department over death threats directed at the vice-chancellor, who hails from Kenya.

“An interim order is hereby issued prohibiting the 3rd respondent (Ndiege) and 4th respondent (Oryem) from continuing to hold the public offices they occupy because of their wanton breach of the Constitution, contempt of court and falsifying evidence that amounts to gross misconduct,” Muwata’s order states.

The registrar also issued an interim order to restrain the university and its officials from conducting investigations against the three aggrieved officials.
The court further ordered the university to stop interfering with the freedom of the three officials.

Muwata said the interim order will remain in force until the disposal of the main application or until further court orders.

The three university officials filed the application through their lawyer, James Akampumuza, against the Attorney General, Kyambogo University, Ndiege and Oryem. The order was made through an ex-party, meaning the defending sides were not required in court.

The embattled officials claim Ndiege disregarded an earlier court order issued by Justice Yorokamu Bamwine. Justice Bamwine on June 22 granted an interim order restraining the university and its agents from taking any actions against the officials, yet the university went ahead to probe them in relation to the death threats.

The anonymous notices that were circulated around the university read: “Staff and students. Why are we quiet when a Kenyan is killing us in our own country?”

The court order comes a week after two Kyambogo University staff were suspended for creating ghost workers on the payroll that has cost the university over sh90m. The two were identified as Anthony Komakech, a salary officer, and his assistant, Mpadi Malijani.

Kyambogo VC ordered out of office

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