8 Kabale Varsity Lecturers Quit Over Pay

Bishop bahram university college kabale
Bishop Barhram University College Kabale

Eight more employees of Bishop Barham University College Kabale-a constituent College of Uganda Christian University Mukono, purchase have resigned citing poor working conditions.

These are Rev. Can. Dr Stanley Katungwensi, the head of the Post Graduate and Research Department, Reuben Twinomujuni, the University Public Relations Officer, Brian Kiiza, the University Cashier, Wycliffe Rushaju, Ben Bella Irakut, Mable Barigye, Fynne Ayebazibwe and Fredrick Mugira, all lecturers.

The workers say they were forced to resign because of mistreatment by the Principal of the University Rev Dr Medard Rugyendo.

They accuse Dr Rugyendo of trimming their teaching allowances and scrapping their transport allowances. They also accuse the principal of harassing them and using abusive language.

Each of the lecturers has been receiving Shs15,000 for teaching each course unit and a monthly transport allowance of Shs20,000.

Marble Barigye,   one of the lecturers, says he was forced to quit after Dr Rugyendo slashed their teaching allowances by half saying that she cannot continue teaching for only Shs7,500 per course unit.

She says the decision by Dr Rugyendo to scrap their allowances without clear reasons or prior consultations shows he is inconsiderate.

Dr Medard Rugyendo the Principal Bishop Barham University College Kabale

Dr Medard Rugyendo the Principal Bishop Barham University College Kabale

The resignation of the workers especially the lecturers has affected studies as First and Second Year Students of Mass Communication, Business Administration, and Education have gone days without lectures.

The Principle Dr Rugyendo however, downplayed the implication of the resignation saying that those who are ready to serve will fill the gap.

Dr. Rugyendo denied accusations of being a dictator, saying the workers are only uncomfortable with the strict implementation of new policies.

In September 2016, eight workers resigned accusing Dr Rugyendo of using abusive language, scrapping off examination allowances and failure to renew their contracts among other reasons.

Those who resigned include; Godwin Kiiza, the Dean of Students, Gift Ayebazibwe, Accountant, Sadress Twinomugisha, Librarian, Duncan Akampurira, the head of the Library Department and his ICT counterpart, Patrick Mwesigye. Others included Gilbert Arinaitwe, a lecturer, Ruthrah Nahweera, an administrative assistant and Driver, Jackson Kamanzi Bugyingo.


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