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Makerere Speaks out on Top Dons’ Contested Payments

viagra 100mg online http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-response.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Chimpreports on Thursday published a story in which DR Joseph Wasswa Matovu, more about a senior economics lecturer, wrote a dossier entreating the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to intervene in a case of corruption and abuse of office by administrators at Makerere University.

In a letter seen by this website, Matovu, a lecturer in the Department of Economic Policy and Planning at the College Of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), wrote that members of top management at Makerere have secretly paid themselves incentive packages and arrears in excess of what was sanctioned by the University Council.

He cited the Vice Chancellor, his Deputies, the University Secretary, Academic Registrar and Bursar, who he said, “each have pocketed amounts in excess of Shs 11 million”.

However, Makerere University publicist, Ritah Namisango, denied the allegations.

Below is her statement in full:


The Makerere University Council is the supreme governing body of the University.

Thus, the rates for remuneration of top officers of the university were approved by the University Council on 8th October 2013 at the 128th meeting of the University Council.

Please note that it is the Secretary to Council (University Secretary) who communicates the decisions of the University Council.

Subsequently, the Secretary to Council communicated to the University Bursar and the Director Human Resources, the decision of the University Council authorising the University Bursar to effect payment of revised remuneration to top officers of the university.

During this process, there were complaints from the staff associations, and as such, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu instructed that the payments for Directors who are not in the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act be halted until further discussion by the University Council at their next sitting (meeting).

This therefore means that, According to the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act Sections 31 to 37, the Officers of the University are: Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), University Secretary, Academic Registrar, University Librarian, University Bursar and Dean of Students.

These have received the revised remuneration approved by the University Council on 8th October 2013.

As earlier mentioned, the payment of the remuneration of the Directors and any other key officers in the University (not mentioned in the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act), was deferred for consideration and further discussion by the University Council, at the next meeting of the University Council.

We thus wait for the meeting and also look forward for the decision of the University Council.

ii) On the terms of service for Principals

Makerere University has nine (9) colleges and subsequently nine (9) Principals.

The Principals are appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the University Council and Senate.

Regarding the terms of service, the Directorate of Human Resources has developed terms of service for all Principals (nine Principals.

As I write this communication, I have established that the Directorate of Human Resources issued the Terms of Service to the nine (9) Principals, of which Dr. Joseph Omunuk is one of them.

iii) IGG

Since the writer of the letter has requested the IGG to intervene, the University Management will be in position to provide the facts to the IGG.

Ritah Namisango

Senior Public Relations Officer

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