Kyambogo Students Start Sit-Down Strike

Kyambogo University students have today started what they call an indefinite sit-down strike until lecturers end their own strike and return to lecture rooms.

The students as part of the strike will take turns to sit down on the floor in front of the university administration block until the management and staff resolve the on-going lecturers strike.

The students have not had a lecture for close to two weeks now after the teaching staff laid down tools demanding the immediate resignation of the vice chancellor Professor Isaiah Omolo Ndiege.

The lecturers went on strike after a high court decision re-instated Ndiege as vice chancellor months after he was suspended.  The lecturers accuse Ndiege of flouting procurement procedures and demonising staff. Ndiege has since said he is ready to work with the staff at the university but his calls have yielded no fruit.

John Mugabi, the guild president told local media that the students will take turns to sit at the main administration block to maintain presence in a show of displeasure with the university over the failure to solve the ongoing crisis.

The Vice Chancellor Isaiah Omolo Ndiege met with the university management today morning in a bid to convince them to negotiate a deal with the lecturers that will see them back in the lecture rooms, but the meeting did not resolve the matter.

Lawrence Madete, the spokesperson told local media that the university management will soon sit and invite the University Council to make a final decision on the crisis. He added that the option of handing the university back to government will only arise after the Council has run out of options to solve the crisis.

Police continue to maintain deployment at the university.

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