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‘Speakership Campaigns’ Highlight Kyankwanzi Retreat

Premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and his deputy Gen Moses Ali attending the Kyankwanzi meeting (Photos by Nixon Segawa)

By Andrew Nkwangi

Busoga university lecturers have dragged their Vice Chancellor, viagra approved http://coffinpump.com/wp-includes/class-oembed.php Professor David Kibikyo to police for alleged abuse of office.

The lecturers in a letter signed by the interim chairman Busoga University teaching staff, http://cousinscandy.net/media/widgetkit/widgets/lightbox/layouts/dashboard.php Thomas Mayende accused the Kibikyo of diverting funds meant for the institution to his own personal use, http://clermontraces.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_settings/module.nextgen_settings.php besides authorizing payment of University funds to strangers not appointed by the University Council.

The lecturers also accused the vice chancellor of requisitioning for Shs 15m on 26 May 2015 as allowances to travel to Kigali and DRC to scout for students but instead decided not to go.

The teaching staff want the Vice Chancellor to show proof of evidence as to whether he indeed travelled to the said countries.

Mayende claims the actions by Kibikyo have caused unrest amongst the students at the campus.

Busoga University has experienced five strikes within a period of one week.

Lecturers decided to lay down their tools two weeks back, citing failure by the administration to clear their salary arrears for nine months.

Iganga District Police Commander, Nassibu Nditta confirmed receiving a copy of the letter from the lecturers.

He said the vice chancellor is to soon be summoned to police defend himself against the allegations.

Busoga University is a private university started in 1999.

Probe

Meanwhile, the university council has set up a seven-man probe committee investigate allegations of abuse of office by Kibikyo.

The university council during a recent meeting chaired by the chairperson Busoga University and also Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga at Travel hotel asked Kibikyo to step aside as the committee executes its duties.

During the meeting a close aide to the vice chancellor, Doctor Singh Milka was thrown out of the office under the orders of Kadaga.

The Indian expatriate at the university had earlier decided to force himself into the meeting but was ordered to move out immediately after Kadaga saw him entering.

The seven man committee set up include former Bunya east member of parliament James Kubeketerya, Florence Sajjabi, John Mpalampa, Kalungi Kayundo, Canon Patrick Mutalwa, Allen Mbabazi and Moses Wagira -the chancellor of Busoga Diocese.

The committee has been asked to give a detailed report to the University Council within a period of less than one month.

Members had earlier been asked to show by hands as to whether there should be a probe committee set and all unanimously agreed.

Kadaga asked the University Council to appoint an official to take over as Acting Vice Chancellor during the investigations.

Busoga University students recently went on strike, protesting the failure by lecturers to conduct lessons despite a hike in tuition.

Professor Kibikyo declined to comment about the decision taken by the University Council against him.
The National Resistance Movement party caucus retreat opened on Sunday with top officials nervously avoiding the question of the next Speaker of Parliament when approached by media.

As the party bosses took a mute line, generic http://chompdigital.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-post-images.php informal campaigns for the position are vigorously going on, pharm http://davidsols.fr/wp-includes/category-template.php Chimp Corps report.

The meeting taking place at Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni who is also the chairman of the party.

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The meeting was openned yesterday by President Yoweri Museveni

The newly elected members of Parliament on the NRM ticket and the incumbents who returned including ministers are the participants in the 10 day event.

With their significant numerical strength, whatever the ruling party decides in its Caucus is almost always the stance of Parliament.

NRM secured 301 seats in the February Parliamentary polls; which is 66 percent of the total 455 seats.

The newly elected members of Parliament on the NRM ticket and the incumbents who returned including ministers are the participants in the 10 day event.

The newly elected members of Parliament on the NRM ticket and the incumbents who returned including ministers are the participants in the 10 day event.

The first task towards realizing the maximum output of the majority members is coming up with a Speaker.

The campaign teams of incumbent Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah were seen working tirelessly at Kyankwanzi.

The name of Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa who is also rumored to be eyeing the position, is however not on the ground.

Members getting down low

Members getting down low

When pressed by reporters who attended the opening session, all the Caucus and the party Secretariat officials muttered a seemingly rehearsed response.

The Deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong said the party has picked Speakers since it came to power without contention and that this would be the case even this time.

“Parliament has been there and the Speaker has come from amongst us since 1986. I don’t expect much ado this time. Let the people just be calm and wait for 18th May.” Todwong said.

The members of the new Parliament are going to take oath of allegiance and subsequently start work on the 18th.

The meeting will last 10 days

The meeting will last 10 days

The Speaker and the Deputy shall also be immediately elected after the swearing in.

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa who is also the Woman MP for Kiboga district reiterated Todwong’s position saying the ongoing Kyankwanzi retreat is not for selecting the next speaker.

“The time for us to choose the Speaker and the deputy is in May. There is no need to talk about it now. The retreat is looking at other equally important issues.”

Both Oulanyah and Kadaga, who are not attending the retreat due to impartiality that their offices demand, are interestingly going to present papers on 19th and 20th respectively according to the program seen by this reporter.

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