There is no justice and name to protect when some people are oppressed. From the look of things, all the three are on wrongs. I mean the VC Prof. Dumba, Dr. Nyanzi and Prof. Mamdan. Prof. Mamdan did not have authority to lock Dr. Nyanzi ‘ s office. Other university authorities should have done it or he should have used legal means to get her out. On the other hand Prof. Dumba should be investigated for incompetency because it appears he did not act when he was requested by Prof. Mamdan. Like wise Prof. Mamdan seems the have failed to follow the procedures, he should have reported the case to the principal of the college. In other words he seemed to have been a god of some kind and never respected those he ought to have reported to.
Finally, it appears to me that Prof. Mamdan failed to incorporate the views of Dr. Nyanzi at the time he was developing the PhD program. And in protest Dr. Nyanzi refused to be part of his program. We should also note that Prof. Mamdan program may have been influenced by American system. While Dr. Nyanzi may have acted based on British system. In Britain, you are taught to understand methodology and then do own research. Such basics are only taught at bachelor and master level. In America, I mean USA, they believe in training a student to understand the theory behind things.
Also, I may not have examples but it seems to me that most senior academic staff do not actually teach. It seems a norm to do consultancies while there. Dr Nyanzi may have been unfortunate working under a strict boss.
Now, all the three needs to be investigated. By Mamdan and Dumba being in office they will influence the process.All the three should go home and investigations go on.
As I pen off, we all appreciate that hero’s come and go. Prof. Mamdan is by no means a powerful academic figure but that does not mean that he should use that influence to silence other people’s theories.
Clet Wandui Masiga via the UAH forum