MASERU — National University of Lesotho (NUL) Vice Chancellor Professor Sharon Siverts has allegedly resigned following hard on the heels of university Registrar Dr Tumelo Tsikoane’s resignation.
Siverts, whose tenure as the university Vice Chancellor was rocked by long academic and non-academic staff strikes, allegedly resigned after NUL council approved Tsikoane’s resignation on Monday.
The source, who cannot be named at this stage, said the Tsikoane’s resignation is suspected to have been caused by Siverts and NUL council’s conflicting orders to the registrar.
“Tsikoane was reporting to the NUL council as its secretary and he was also reporting to the Vice Chancellor as his boss on the administrative side,” the source said.
“You’d find that he was always accused of insubordination as he would be given tasks by the council and Siverts would dismiss them regularly.”
The source said Tsikoane’s resignation was unexpected but came just after the University suffered very high failure rates at the end of the 2012/2013 academic year.
The university has also been rocked by power struggles with the university Non Academic Workers Unions (Nawu) and Lesotho University Teachers and Researchers Union (Lutaru) seeking Siverts’ ouster on several failed attempts.
Contacted for a comment yesterday Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Mafa Sejanamane confirmed Tsikoane’s resignation but declined to give further details.
He however said he is not aware of Siverts’s resignation as it was not raised in the NUL council’s meeting on Monday.
“His resignation (Tsikoane’s) is a matter of fact but I think you should consult him as he’s the one who’d be able to give further details as he’s also the council secretary,” he said.
Tsikoane could not be reached for comment on his mobile late last night.
Attempts to get comment from the Council Chairman Mokhele Likate were not successful as his mobile phone went unanswered.
However Siverts’s mobile phone was answered and after this reporter introduced himself, she asked what the reporter was calling about and swiftly dropped the call.
Attempts to call her again were unsuccessful as the phone kept ringing without being answered.