Makerere deputy registrar arrested, locked away

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Makerere University Main Administration Building.

Makerere University Deputy Academic Registrar has Wednesday been arrested for abuse office and gross misconduct.

Margaret Etuusa, the Deputy Registrar in charge of Certificates and Ceremonies Division and Dorothy Kabanda, an administrative assistant, are currently in police custody.

The duo was picked from Senate Building detectives from Criminal Investigations Department (CID) based in Kibuli.

In March, the then acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Okello Ogwang, suspected Etuusa [who is in charge of Certificates, Ceremonies and Production Division] pending disciplinary action.

In May, it was revealed that Etuusa, who collected money from parents and students for keeping their phones during the just-concluded 67th graduation ceremony, was to be dismissed.

The committee that was instituted to investigate irregularities surrounding Etuusa’s conduct recommended that she should be dismissed from the university over fraud.

Etuusa admitted that she pocketed the money after she was summoned to defend herself. Etuusa overstepped her powers and abused her office by single-handedly procuring the phone handler.

She signed a letter awarding a contract to Exxon Contractors Ltd to keep watch over mobile phones and other gadgets for nearly 44,000 unsuspecting graduands and guests during the ceremony at a fee of Shs3,000 per phone for four days.

She is said to have collected and pocked at least Shs134 million shillings.

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