UNESWA still not clear about reg­is­trar’s con­tro­ver­sial leave

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BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Con­trary to re­ports that he had re­signed, Univer­sity of Eswa­tini ( UNESWA) Reg­is­trar Dr Sale­bona Sime­lane is still an em­ployee of the in­sti­tu­tion.

This was con­firmed by the reg­is­trar and his deputy this past week. Two weeks ago, mem­bers of the pub­lic, stu­dents and UNESWA staff were made to be­lieve that Sime­lane had re­signed from the in­sti­tu­tion on the grounds that he was un­happy with an on­go­ing re­struc­tur­ing process. As per the re­port, the univer­sity strate­gic plan had some­how phased out the po­si­tion of the reg­is­trar by re­mov­ing some du­ties and pow­ers from the of­fice of the reg­is­trar.

The al­le­ga­tions were to the ef­fect that these du­ties were trans­ferred to the of­fice of the Pro-Vice Chan­cel­lor. Fur­ther­more, there were al­le­ga­tions that the reg­is­trar was con­sid­er­ing su­ing the univer­sity on the grounds of con­struc­tive dis­missal. How­ever, Act­ing Reg­is­trar Am­brose Gama when called this week, said he was not aware of the res­ig­na­tion and the al­le­ga­tions. Gama won­dered where such in­for­ma­tion came from as the in­sti­tu­tion was not aware of the res­ig­na­tion of Sime­lane and there­fore con­sid­ered him as the em­ployee of the univer­sity who is on leave.

He how­ever did not get into the de­tails and du­ra­tion of Sime­lane’s leave, re­fer­ring fur­ther ques­tions to the reg­is­trar. Sug­gest­ing that he had re­signed from the in­sti­tu­tion say­ing he never at any point told any­one that he had re­signed. “I do not know where that mat­ter came from but the re­porter claimed to have in­ter­viewed Sime­lane, yet on our side we do not know any­thing about the res­ig­na­tion. Where was the in­for­ma­tion ob­tained; we don’t know? Please talk to Dr Sime­lane,” he said.

When asked about the de­tails of the leave in­clud­ing when Sime­lane is ex­pected back at work, Gama said: “I will get back to you.” Dr Sime­lane said he was still an em­ployee of the univer­sity on leave but also did not like to dis­close the du­ra­tion of his leave as he re­ferred ques­tions to the act­ing reg­is­trar.

“Who said I am no longer an em­ployee of the univer­sity; did you see the res­ig­na­tion let­ter? I’m still with the univer­sity but cur­rently I am on leave; I have never said I have re­signed. I am an em­ployee of the univer­sity, go and seek in­for­ma­tion from the act­ing reg­is­trar so he will give you ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. Just yes­ter­day I was in the univer­sity work­ing even though I am on leave; when­ever they need me I go and work and re­turn home,” he clar­i­fied. Sime­lane dis­puted all the al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing him leav­ing and in­tend­ing to sue the univer­sity. When asked about the du­ra­tion of his leave, Sime­lane re­ferred ques­tions to the act­ing reg­is­trar, re­quest­ing not to re­spond to the ques­tion.

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