UB purges professors

Professor Fako
Professor Fako

University of Botswana (UB) under the vice chancellorship of Professor Thabo Fako is said to be purging academics. Sources said scores of academics at the UB feel the institution is on a cleansing spree of professors.

First to be purged in this line was Professor Frank Youngman, the previous deputy vice chancellor, academic affairs. Others believed to be in his firing line are Dean of Humanities, Dr Kgomotso Moahi, Dean of Education Professor Richard Tabulawa and Dean of Social Sciences Professor Happy Siphambe.

“Of these three, Prof Siphambe is seen as the greatest threat to Fako since he is the potential next vice chancellor, while Prof Tabulawa is seen as the most cantankerous, and an instigator.  “Fako fears that when his contract ends it may not be renewed and he may be replaced by Prof Siphambe.  “To try and thwart this, Fako has charged Prof Siphambe with gross misconduct and dragged him before a disciplinary committee.

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