3 vie for Makerere VC as Shs643m interns cash goes missing

Makerere University Senate Building

The Makerere University vice chancellor search committee has nominated three candidates who are vying to lead the country’s most prestigious institution.

They are; Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the current deputy vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof Venasius Baryamureeba, the former VC who stood for president in 2016 and Prof Edward Kasujja Kirumira, the current principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The names were announced by Irene Ovongi-Odida, the chairperson of the five-member committee, constituted by Makerere University Council and the Senate on March 9.

The job was advertised on April 13 ahead of current VC, Prof John Ddumba Sentamu’s exit on August 31 when his term expires.

Professors Nawangwe and Kirumira who are eyeing the seat had previously contested for the same job in 2012 but lost to Prof Ddumba Sentamu.

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Together with former VC Barya, the duo will go through face-to-face interviews and later make a public presentation.

The committee is expected to name a new vice chancellor by July this year.

Fraud cited in Makerere internship funds

Meanwhile, staff members at Makerere University College of Education and External Studies (CEES) have exposed a scam in which the university management failed to account for funds disbursed for internship supervision.

In a letter dated June 1, 2017 to Makerere University management quoted by Uganda Radio Network [URN], the staff from CEES expressed fears of lack of accountability and transparency of the internship funds disbursed to the college.

Letter from a whistle-blower on mismanagement of internship money at Makerere University [Credit URN]
They indicate that while the December 2016 University Bursar’s report shows that the university had disbursed over Shs993m to CEES for internship, but only about Shs350m was received which leaves Shs643m unaccounted for.

The money is meant for supervision of students on school practice for semester one 2016/2017.

The staff demanded an immediate investigation into what they call mismanagement of funds.

During the School Practice Workshop last month at the School of Education, CEES management reported to staff that the university was unable to raise money for the school practice/ internship revealing that they were only given Shs350m.

This figure, however, contradicted with the University bursar’s report.

“In our view, the monies disbursed to CEES for internship is being spent with impunity since many stakeholders including deans, Heads of Department and School Practice committee are not regularly consulted during the budgeting process and also have limited information on the expenditures made by the College Principal and Bursar,” the whistleblowers’ letter reads in part.

In the letter, they fault the college management for deliberately refusing to hold College Board meetings for the staff to express their views on the CEES business for the past over two years.

Protected under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010, the staff demanded that the university management investigate the alleged financial hemorrhage of the internship funds of last academic year before they deploy staff for the upcoming June-August internship exercise.

Additional reporting by URN



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