Kyambogo Varsity lectures vow to defy government’s orders to resume lectures tomorrow (Monday). The government on Wednesday gave the lecturers 4days to return to class or else face dismissal from the Banda based varsity. But these lecturers don’t seem moved by the government’s ‘threats’ insisting they won’t teach unless Prof Ndiege is out of office. It is to be noted that these lecturers are opposed to reinstatement of Prof Isaiah Ndiege as Kyambogo VC
The lecturers, under Kyambogo University Senior Staff Association (KYUSSA), are not bothered. The KYUSSA chairperson, Jackson Betihamah, told The Observer that they were acting within their rights.
“We are still on strike; we are protected by labour laws. No institution of government will force us back to the lecture rooms until Prof Ndiege is removed,” Betihamah said.
“If they [government decided] to sack us; there are some legal procedures that have to be followed. If they failed to sack one man [Prof Ndiege], how can they go for thousands? Well, they may go [down] in history, that one day we sacked thousands of lecturers at Kyambogo,” he said, tongue in cheek.
Fingers are crossed as we wait to see the government take action tomorrow. Otherwise it seems the festive season has come so early for our Kyambogo comrades!