Members of staff of Kyambogo University have threatened to strike if fired Vice Chancellor Isaiah Ndiege returns to office.
Under their associations – University Senior Administrative Staff Association (Kyusasa), Kyambogo University Academic Staff Association (Kyuasa) and National Union of Educational Institutions (NUEI), the staff vowed to resume their industrial action if the University Council, High Court or any other authority makes a u-turn on Prof Ndiege.
They revealed this while addressing the press on Friday after an emergency meeting.
They said Prof Ndiege was part of the bigger problems affecting the institution and relieving him of his duties was necessary.
“If any authority backtracks on the decision of removing him from office, as staff, we will have to withdraw our services to the university because we can no longer work with him,” one of the resolutions read in part.
The university council late last month dismissed Prof Ndiege allegedly in “ interest of the public”. This followed investigations by an ad hoc committee set up to investigate claims of mismanagement, incompetence, intimidation of staff, among others, that were leveled against him by a section of university staff.
This threat comes in the wake of a parliamentary report released on Thursday, which cleared Prof Ndiege of any wrongdoing on all the 10 allegations against him, with some lawmakers suggesting his reinstatement.
The legislative body’s report noted that the accusations labeled against Prof Ndiege were not committed by him but rather he is being held accountable by virtue of his position in the institution.
Lawmakers also cited sectarianism in Professor Ndiege’s troubles. The sacked VC is Kenyan, a fact that has rubbed many at the institution the wrong way.
“The committee on its part, feels that the problems of Kyambogo University are better looked at and addressed from a more holistic perspective than reduce them to just an individual. Having interfaced with the VC, the committee cannot hold him culpable on the allegations labeled against him,” the report reads in part.
MPs also want the university procurement officer investigated on the procurement of buses, water browser and other items.