By Our Reporter
The management of the Law Development Center has fired all bosses in the Department of the academic Registrar over allegations of gross misconduct.
Those sacked are the Academic Registrar, Dr. Everest Turyahikayo, Mary Nakiggozi, the Assistant Academic Registrar and Dr. Leonard Sozzi also an Assistant Academic Registrar.
The trio was dismissed from the service of LDC in a Management Committee meeting that was held yesterday, 20th December, 2022 to consider a report of the Appointments Sub Committee. The Sub Committee had been constituted to review the various disciplinary proceedings against the trio.
Dr. Turyahikayo was found guilty of gross misconduct on grounds of unprofessional and unethical conduct unbecoming of an Academic Registrar.
“Dr. Everest Turyahikayo is accordingly dismissed with immediate effect from the service of LDC pursuant to order 8.2.4 (e) of the LDC Standing Orders 2017.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nakigozi was found guilty of gross misconduct on grounds of failure to ethically and professionally discharge the responsibilities and high standards in management and processing of examination results. The committee also dismissed her with immediate effect.
Dr. Kasozi had however already tendered in his resignation which was accepted by the committee.
“Dr. Leonard Sozzi whose current contract expires on 31st December, 2022 has resigned from the service of LDC. Dr. Leonard Sozzi’s contract shall therefore not be renewed,” reads a press statement signed by Lukyamuzi Hamis Kiggundu, the Secretary Law Development Center.
Turyahikayo was interdicted on November 15 for a period of 30 days, which ended on December 14 on allegations that he sexually harassed female students.
The interdiction was confirmed by Frank Nigel Othembi, the LDC director in a telephone interview saying, “LDC interdicted the academic registrar over accusations of sexual harassment whose details I cannot disclose.”
It is not clear how many students are accusing Mr Turyahikayo.
Prior to this, Ms Mary Nakigozi, the assistant registrar, was also interdicted for 90 days for allegedly soliciting money from students to alter their examination marks in their favour.
Ms Nakigozi’s woes began when she allegedly received Shs30m from a student to alter their marks but did not do so.
“It is true we had also interdicted the assistant registrar but when the 90 days were done, we couldn’t extend it. We decided to ask her to take the remaining days of her annual leave,” Mr Othembi said.
He added: “So both officials are not working apparently. A final decision report is going to be made by the management committee on December 20 to either confirm the interdiction or not.”