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Dons Blame Ddumba’s Stinking, Corrupt Administration for Makerere Mess

Makerere continues to struggle with repeated violence and corruption

Makerere dons have blown the lid off the rot at the higher institution of learning, what is ed http://coupon-ads.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/date.php saying the recurrent violence and failure to pay staff salaries is due to corruption, inefficiency and abuse of resources by the administration led by Vice Chancellor Ddumba-Sentamu.

This is the first time the disappointed staffs are opening up publicly on the unknown reasons behind Makerere’s woes.

Makerere recently said it could not pay staff salaries, prompting a sit-down strike from lecturers.

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Students responded by taking to the streets where they battled security forces, leaving a trail of destruction.

In their letter dated November 1, Makerere University Staff under their association, MUASA, wrote to the University Council, expressing their gratitude to president Museveni for increasing basic pay of all public universities.

However, the staff argued, “We find it unfortunate that this good intention by the President is now being undermined through the University Management’s inept and inefficient management of internally generated funds and failure of Council to exercise oversight even where there is glaring evidence of mismanagement.”

MUASA cited the failure of Council to task management to explain why people’s “retirement savings are mismanaged and yet those who mismanage them often pay themselves all their benefits and leave scot-free as if they did nothing wrong. In instances where the rot cannot be ignored, such officials are simply transferred to another unit.”

In the statement seen by ChimpReports, MUASA furthered why “scandals such as that of the scandalous collapse of the perimeter wall, where considerable sums of our money was lost, go unpunished. We even wonder why Council never takes interest in establishing all those people in management that also have conflict of interest in the management of university supplies and punish them as is required in all best management practices.”

Makerere dons said they also have complained about the “expensive procurements and inflated bills in this university where even some heads of units have in the past complained but have not received adequate intervention from management.”

They added: “We have complained about leakage of resources in payroll management where, for example, cleaning companies are recruited to do the same things that staff who are still on payroll are hired to do. We have complained about the Human Resource Directorate’s failure to rationalise the workload of staff and instead chose to confuse everyone that it is the MUASA members responsible as if we are the ones managing their contracts. We have in the past complained about monies allocated to members of management for travel and even wondered how this happens even when we have people’s pensions unpaid and in the absence of staff health insurance.”

Prof Ddumba has previously come under intense pressure to resign for mismanaging the campus.

But Ddumba insists his administration is not inept.

Yet, the concerns of Makerere staff point to growing discontent and frustration as the campus turns into a breeding ground for violent movements.

Makerere dons said they had in the past complained about the budgeting process and the university’s failure to spend according to approved budgets (they run many projects such as the expensive launching of Mwai Kibaki library, etc) outside the budget even when experience has showed that there is no value for money in such spending.

“We have in the past complained about the work of estates where we have information that external activities are connected to our water and electricity grid and yet the university continues to pay excessive bills,” MUASA added.

“Amidst all this, we have complained about action on officers who fail to collect fees on rented spaces of campus, unpaid monies from affiliated campuses and insistence of running commercial units that take away instead of bringing in. We have the case of Mugenyi Flats on Main Campus where students have been encouraged not to vacate  when formally asked to do so and have since the end of august been residing in the flats illegally, causing the University to incur unnecessary costs in terms of bolls from utilities, lost revenue from rent, etc.”

The staff further complain about inadequate action on officers who deliberately create problems for the University, such as “in terms of the cost of legal suits and those under whose custodianship our land has been grabbed. Inaction in this area costs the university a lot of money in legal battles.”

Plunder

The corruption at Makerere was exposed by the Auditor General’s report for the year ending 2015.

It showed that Shs 511,171,395 in staff advances is unaccounted. The AG queried Shs776, 009,229 as official payments transferred to staffs’ personal bank accounts.

The AG reported that land in Kololo was secretly leased to a private investor at Shs 1,500,000,000 and money surreptitiously spent.

He also observed undeclared donor grants and wondered why Shs 1,053,747,963 was paid to external lawyers despite the presence of a fully fledged legal unit.

Makerere financials also indicated Shs 295,224,219 in understated revenues at the University guest house while non-disclosed revenues stood at Shs 393,996,539.

Observers say Ddumba is an incapable manager who must step down and allow a judicial inquiry into the mess at the University.

It is understood President Museveni has been warned that unless a final solution is found for Makerere, the institution will create security problems for the country.

MUASA on October 25 resolved to lay down tools demanding from Council and Management full payment of allowances that have accumulated from February – September, 2016 (now October, 2016).

They said this was after repeated, fruitless appeals to, and unfulfilled promises by, Management to pay accumulated dues.

“Besides our demand for the full payment of our incentive arrears, we call for a thorough inquiry into the management of this University by our top Managers and demand that the said Top Managers step aside to pave a way for a transparent inquiry,” MUASA demanded.

“We call for a Commission of Inquiry appointed by the responsible line Minister. We believe that this will give rise to a university that works for all to bring to an end to the perennial strikes at this great institution.”

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