The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has abandoned investigations into a degree awarded to former Miss Uganda and Miss World Africa, Quin Abenakyo by Makerere University.
Dr Robert Ayine, the Senior Higher Education Officer of the NCHE, told Uganda Radio Network [URN] that the council had contacted the complainant David Musiri, who lost interest in the matter.
David Musiri, who was then in second-year BCOM (External) at Makerere University petitioned the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Grace Akullo and the NCHE.
He asked them to investigate the alleged illegal activities of Makerere Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe and Professor Wasswa Balunywa, the Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS).
Musiri wanted the two officials to be investigated for allegedly issuing fake degrees, diverting money meant for bursaries and corruption among other allegations.
He claimed that Abenakyo did not complete all the legal requirements for the award of Bachelor’s Degree, yet she was allowed to “pretend otherwise on 18th January 2018 with the blessing and enthusiastic handshake of our enigmatic Vice-Chancellor”.
On February 7, 2019, it was reported that Abenakyo miraculously graduated with a second class upper Bachelor’s degree in Business Computing, even with a retake in the “Financial Management” course unit.
Her retake had been scheduled for September 1, 2018, a time she was away attending the beauty contest.
Musiri claimed the beauty queen was “assisted” to graduate through a “Special Examination” outside the Makerere Academic Policy guidelines.
NCHE sent a brief email to Isaac Ssemakadde, Musiri’s lawyer, saying the Council had contacted his client and had lost interest in the matter.