Govt Sets Monday Deadline For Kyambogo Lecturers

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Government has set a deadline for Kyambogo University lecturers to either resume teaching on Monday November 18 or face the law.

Government has given the striking lecturers of Kyambogo University an ultimatum to resume work by Monday or else they are considered to have absconded from duty. John Muyingo, the state minister for Higher Education says government will not condone the abuse of law.  He says should the lecturers defy the directive to resume work, government will consider other option.
 
Muyingo explains that the University statute mandated the university council to enforce discipline adding that, since it has not acted, government will move in.
 
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Muyingo was responding to concerns raised by Beatrice Anywar, the Kitgum district woman MP on what government was doing to resolve the crisis at Kyambogo University, which said was a matter of national importance. She asked why government has kept silent on the lecturers who have openly rejected a court directive, which reinstated Professor Omolo Isaiah Ndiege, the embattled Kyambogo University vice chancellor back to office.

The lecturers vowed not to work with Ndiege and lay down their tools of work.
 
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The university management has had unsuccessful attempts at convincing the lecturers to return to class. The lecturers argue that they are not ready to work with Ndiege whom they accuse of flouting procurement procedures and demonising staff members among other things.
 
Ndiege returned to the university last week after a High Court ruling declared that he had been unlawfully sent on a 90-day forced leave by the university council. Upon his return, the lecturers laid down tools saying they were not ready to co-operate with him.  The university council sat and acknowledged the court ruling and mentioned nothing about the lecturers strike.
 
Attempts to get Kyambogo University Staff Association chairman Jackson Betihama to comment were futile as his known lines were switched off.
 
Lecturers have continued to defy university management memos requiring them to be in class.
 
Jacob Oulanya, the Deputy speaker of parliament asked the minister whether anybody can constitute a meeting and vote against a court order and asked what government is doing about the Kyambogo situation. Eddie Kwizera, the Bufumbira East MP tasked the minister to explain why it had government too long to uphold the rule of law at the university since court has pronounced itself on the matter.

Students on the other hand continue their sit-down strike at the university’s main building to protest the continued lack of lectures.