Makerere University Extends Fees Payment Deadline

The former Director of Planning at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), more about Eng. David Luyimbazi has denied allegations that his withholding of detailed engineering designs resulted into loss of Shs 80bn of taxpayer’s money.

Information before the probe committee indicates that Eng. Luyimbazi was in possession of strip maps and detailed design for the Tororo – Mbale, prostate Mbale – Soroti road which the consultant required to commence work.

“Nobody came to me seeking these drawings and PDU (Procurement and Disposal Unit) had them too. My role wasn’t to move around directorates fishing for problems, treatment I had work to do,” claimed Luyimbazi.

It is the absence of these design drawings that caused Dott Services (contractor) to lodge a claim to UNRA seeking compensation for the delay of 509 days because of idle equipment and personnel.

The claim caused UNRA and government a loss of Shs 80bn.

Asked to shoulder the responsibility, Luyimbazi instead shifted the blame on the then legal advisor, Marvin Baryaruha, the head PDU, Mr. Dan Mugura, the contracts committee and the Solicitor General’s office.

SG Speaks out

However, according to the Solicitor General’s recent testimony to the commission, he approved the contract on condition that detailed engineering designs be provided to the consultant.


The assisting counsel to the commission, Mary Kamuli Kuteesa pinned Eng. Luyimbazi to justify repairing a 152 km road that cost USD 800,000 per kilometre and designed only to last 2 – 3 years.

“It was not justifiable; the money could have constructed a new road with a 15-year life. There was no value for money,” admitted Luyimbazi.

“UNRA was staffed with highly qualified and professional people. We trusted that everyone was doing whatever they could to make the most cost effective decision.”

He faulted PDU for being distracted by the consultant’s proposal to have contract variations instead of sticking to initial contract.

The procurement of civil works on Tororo – Mbale, Mbale -Soroti road was initiated in 2010 at a cost of Shs 30bn and Shs 46bn respectively.

However the contract underwent variations in scope of work and time extensions which escalated the initial price by over 100 percent.

Government has consequently lost billions of money due to negligence and reckless decisions made by UNRA officials.
Makerere University Council on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss the 100% fees payment policy.

The meeting followed a students’ strike on Monday over the policy that dictates that all students should clear all the tuition fees in the first six weeks of the semester.

The students demanded that the council entirely scraps the policy.

In the Meeting, cost the University Management authorized the decision to extend the deadline for payment of fees and registration for semester 1, recipe 2015 for one month from October 5, cheapest to Friday 30, 2015.

According to Dr Charles Wana-Etye, the Chairman of the Universtiy council, the extension granted was due to the breakdown of the Automated fees collection system normally referred to as the ITS, which affected timely payment of fees and registration.

The council however noted that the University fees payment policy remains unchanged and advised  students that 100% tuition and functional fees should be cleared by the end of the 6th week of each semester.

According to Rita Namisango the University spokesperson, this is because the tuition and functional fees are needed to ensure that the university provides quality education as well as timely delivery of services to students.

Namisango divulged that the Semester started in August 2015 and to date, majority of the students have not paid fees, and as such, the University is faced with a challenge of providing the required services to students.

“The funds are required to top-up salaries for staff; support teaching, learning and research processes; provide scholastic materials; provide equipment for laboratories; among other aspects that are crucial for student learning,” she said.

Currently, the Uganda Police has deployed heavily at the University to maintain Law and Order.

Some of the students are still demonstrating against the University Council’s decision on Payment of Tuition as they want 100% fees payment policy completely scrapped off.

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