Reference is made to Lonzen Rugira’s article, “Wanted: The University of Rwanda’s worst enemy” (The New Times, April 6).
This sounds like a case of extreme bureaucracy on steroids. But we should never accept the easy excuse that nobody is individually responsible.
Someone somewhere in this institution made decisions or failed to take decisions that resulted in these outcomes. An organisational audit would identify which individuals had the largest role in those decisions, and why they acted as they did.
This is absolutely unbelievable; I couldn’t imagine hearing this from what we Rwandans think is an absolute path towards having a state-of-art university that is going to compete for regional recognition, international accreditation and, above all, a centre of excellence in research in days to come.
If they have no potential to tap the leaking rubber, the rubber will bind their fingers stuck. Thanks to Mr. Rugira for unveiling this; I hope the administration finds the solution sooner than later.
From quite recent personal experiences (in the last two months) similar to those revealed, I would add that it is not the University of Rwanda alone affected by the disease.
When I had just returned from over 40 years in exile, I knocked at doors in vain, and met with a number of senior decision-makers in many of our young institutions. My overall conclusion is that all are still struggling to rise up from their infancy of their 20 years of age or so.
Yes a comprehensive organisational audit is needed, but not to punish individuals responsible for not taking the right decision, or for having taken wrong decisions. Rather, I’d orient the audit towards diagnosing the rampant malady, and hopefully prescribe an appropriate cure applicable to all those vulnerable, and immediately administered to those already affected.