We Laid-Off Unqualified Staff: Busoga University VC Speaks Out

Busoga University Vice Chancellor, Prof. David Lameck Kibikyo

The administration of Busoga University has unveiled a new multi-billion complex that will house the faculty of Medicine and also refuted claims of torturing, page and randomly firing staffs.

The facility hitherto Bugiri high school in Bugiri town council was bought from its original proprietor identified as Dr Basalirwa Muyinda, prescription also the chairman district service commission for Bugiri at 2.6 billion in the effort of the university management to expand
and extend its spheres and also reduce congestion at the main campus in Iganga.

The acquisition of a new magnificent facility comes in the awake of public outcry that the university was steadily on its verge of collapse due to poor management and misappropriation of resources.

The outcry came to the limelight in March this year when most of the staff here staged a sit-down strike accusing the administrators of failure to pay their salaries for more than three months, pharmacy coupled with laying off of most members of the teaching staff.

However, while addressing chairmen of the ten districts that make up Busoga sub region about the state of the university at the New Bugiri campus on Sunday afternoon, the university vice chancellor David Lameck Kibikyo refuted all accusations of poor management and administration.

“All orchestrators of such rumors are people who have been fired from the campus because they don’t measure to the required standards or failed to deliver to their expectations and instead of admitting their failures, they allege that the institution is doing poorly. How would we buy this multi-billion complex for our Bugiri campus if we were not doing well?”  Kibokyo rhetorically asked.

He admitted that there was some crisis in March when the staff went amok but quickly said the action was a counter-reaction to their good administration and therefore could not deter them from pursuing the right cause for the plight of students.

“We inherited a catastrophe that needed boldness to be handled because our predecessors had employed mostly bachelors’ degree holders as lectures yet surely according to the set standards and requisites by the National council for higher education, they could not even measure to the level of tutorial assistants, we definitely had to encourage them first go back and upgrade. Such people instead of understanding the position just waged war” he noted.

He cited the faculty of Information Technology (IT) that had about 30 lecturers but only 2 of them hold a master’s degree in IT yet the university was also offering masters in the same.

“This implies that bachelor holders were lecturing and supervising students at masters which is not only illegal but also criminal and absurd, we had to relinquish all those below master’s degree” Kibikyo said.

He admitted that prior to the crisis, the university was offering un accredited courses which have now been accredited adding the university is now in the pipeline of acquiring a charter by the end of this year.

At the end of the meeting, all district chairmen offered to partner with the university in promoting and persuading students to join it.

According to Titus Kisambira, Jinja district chairman and also chairman of all  chairmen from Busoga sub region, the leadership in Busoga was worried and concerned about the rumors that were circulating about their indigenous institution prompting them to seek the attention of the vice chancellor.

“We shall now actively and regularly monitor all the activities of this university to ensure it delivers quality services to the community, we shall in our respective districts find ways of
partnership in order to widen our involvement because education is the
most viable investment for the future generation” he said.

“We still want the administration to vigorously work towards improving the image of our institution by exposing it out to the public, that way government will continue realizing its importance and offering more grants like they recently bailed us out with a 1.2 billion grant,” Patrick Kayemba, Iganga district chairman added


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