On Wednesday morning, Makerere University officials appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to respond to Auditor General’s report for FY 2013/14.
PAC chair, Hon Alice Alaso, noted that the majority of key Makerere university staff have been in acting capacity for a long time.
She cited the example of the university bursar, Ms. Nalule Brenda, who has been acting for two years and yet she failed the interviews for the job over a year ago.
Jinja Municipality East MP, Paul Mwiru, wondered why Nalule who failed interviews for the job was occupying the office of university bursar.
“If Ms. Nalule failed the interviews for the job, she has no business acting in any capacity,” Mwiru argued.
Alaso said it was embarrassing that Makerere with such huge sums of money has not had a substantive bursar for over 2 years.
“Makerere isn’t serious about how resources are handled. Until they get a fit bursar, they shouldn’t get any more taxpayer’s money,” Alaso resolved.
The Auditor General faults Makerere for budget indiscipline where Shs 906m was charged on wrong expenditure codes.
MPs on PAC have asked Makerere to recover allowances (Shs308m) which was paid to staff for extra work load without proof of such work being done.
In February 2015, Makerere made headlines after awarding 600 students with fake degrees and diplomas without meeting the minimum academic requirements.
Deputy Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs, Prof Okello Ogwang, confirmed that the 600 students were not cleared by their respective colleges for graduation, due to a number of factors; which include among others, accumulating retakes.
The university said it would cancel and recall the fake academic documents.
Despite several rankings over the years that have pitted Makerere alongside some of the best universities in the Africa and the world, there are still dissenting voices who claim Makerere has long lost it and is not among the best in Africa let alone in Uganda, writes The Observer.
Webometrics currently ranks her no. 13 in Africa and 1,217 in the world while Times Higher Education of London that ranks her 3rd in Africa after University of Cape Town and University of Witswatersrand, both in South Africa do the talking.