Habib said talks were under way to end Ngoma’s three-year tenure on the position due to a decline in the school’s reputation. WBS has had problems with stable leadership for nearly a decade. The school has had a series of directors and no stable leadership.

Habib was appointed this year with the hope that he would improve the leadership issues in the university.

“There is no formal agreement yet but there is a conversation about Wendy stepping down. WBS has not comprehensively applied itself to its leadership problems,” Habib said.

Lack of autonomy

An independent audit in 2004 found WBS guilty of slack management. Ngoma complained of the lack of autonomy and the constant need to seek approval from the main university campus.

She said in an interview last month that the university does not “give us [her] the authority to make the important decisions to do things speedily and more efficiently”.

When commenting on the low number of students in the MBA programme this year, Ngoma blamed the central application procedure and said she preferred an internal recruiting process. The school was in danger of losing its international MBA accreditation due to the low number of students.

Ngoma was unavailable for comment.