Kadaga faults gov’t for Kyambogo debts


Speaker and IGG

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, on Monday received a Report of the investigations into Kyambogo University from the Inspector General of Government.

The IGG, Justice Irene Mulyagonja, said Kyambogo University was struggling with low funding and debts since government did not provide development funding following its creation.

Speaker Kadaga said government created Kyambogo University but abandoned it.

She explained that there was need to address gaps in the law that set it up.

The investigation followed a recommendation by Parliament.

Kyambogo debts

In 2013, Daily Monitor reported that Kyambogo University was facing debts amounting to Shs10 billion.

A 20-page report quoted by the newspaper indicated that more than Shs3 billion, in cash vouchers signed by staff members, were waiting to be cashed but the institution was bankrupt already.

The other debts, are majorly, “monies owed to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), staff allowances and advances, advertisers, utilities providers,” among others, which mounts to Shs7 billion.

The report illustrates that the university is indebted to the NSSF for the period 2003-2006 and 2009-2012; money which, according other correspondences, is believed to have been cleared by the ex-vice chancellor, Prof Isaiah Ndiege, before his suspension; something interpreted by some as a ploy to defraud the financially-constrained institution.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) discovered the university was hugely financially obligated to different suppliers and entities to the tune of Shs20 billion.

The institution also lost more than Shs12 billion in revenues through financial misappropriations.

This month, The Observer reported that Kyambogo was struggling to clear its domestic arrears to the tune of Shs 15bn for the financial year 2014/15.

According to a cited document, a big chunk of the debts (Shs 6.1bn) arose from teaching/exam and other allowances last semester (December-July 2015).

The university is also yet to clear suppliers’ good and services worth Shs 4.9bn for the years 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The next big chunk (Shs 1.7bn) is from a recent computation of salary arrears from the period 2003 to 2006; during the time the institution was undergoing a merger to create a university.

Other liabilities include gratuity and retirement benefits for the financial year 2014/15 worth Shs 988m.

Also pending are NSSF contributions worth Shs 745m for the months of March, April, May, and June this year.

Kyambogo University’s acting Vice Chancellor Prof Eli Katunguka, told the newspaper that the institution was also chocking on salary arrears but some teaching staff continue to resist the changes that came with the new university management.

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