UB is not delinked from the gov’t – UBASSU

Some UB staff recently held a peaceful strike at the Gaborone campus
Some UB staff recently held a peaceful strike at the Gaborone campus PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The University of Botswana Academic and Support Staff Union (UBASSU) has hit back at Vice Chancellor David Norris’ recent remarks in which he allegedly said the University of Botswana is de-linked from the government.

Recently Norris did an interview with one of the local media houses in which he said that the university does not have money, as it is de-linked from the government. “We have a joint management committee where management and the union leadership sat, we made it very clear, they know very well that the university does not have money because we are de-linked from the government,” Norris was quoted in the media. However, the UBASSU secretary-general Dr Keoneeng Magocha hit back at the interview done by the VC and felt the interview made by the VC is controversial.

Magocha said it would be remiss of the UB staff and unions to allow the VC’s interview to go unchallenged as he was not telling the truth. “The VC’s utterances were distasteful, obnoxious, arrogant and devoid of emotional intelligence, circumspection and diplomacy consistent with corporate governance credentials that the high office the VC holds, demands and commands,” Magocha added. He dismissed the statement made by the VC as untrue as the University is not de-linked from the government. He said they believe that UB is linked to the government no matter what the VC says.

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