Makerere Students to Probe Committee: Investigate Financial Management, Welfare

Dr. Abel Rwendeire the Chairperson of the probe committee speaking to students of Makerere University on Thursday. He was accompanied by other committee members; Lady Justice Keturah Katunguka, Proscovia Namubiru and Hon. Timothy Lwanga.

Students of Makerere University have requested the committee appointed to probe into the issues affecting the institution to pay keen attention to gross financial mismanagement and students welfare which they said is poor. They cited the dilapidated halls of residence which have not been renovated for a long period.

These issues were presented on Thursday afternoon in a session where the Visitaton committee was consultating students and student leaders for their input in the ongoing investigation.

While students acknowledged that the university is underfunded, sick they decried the poor utilization of the little resources and want Management to explore innovative ways of getting income.

“We adopted a college system but we don’t understand why the different colleges cannot be given the power to independently manage their finances, cheapest ” observed Simon Ssenyonga a Law student.

Louis Kizito another student argued; “Harvard university draws only 5% from tuition fees from students while the rest is generated from the alumni and other investments. Makerere should adopt a business approach.”

The Guild President Roy Ssemboga urged for accountability at all levels of the university administration and for regular independent audits.

He was however skeptical that “our fear is that the report by this committee could also suffer a similar fate as previous ones”.

Dr. Abel Rwendeire the Chairperson of the probe committee which was appointed by President Museveni assured students that the committee findings will be followed up and implemented.

“We want to get solutions from you the students. My committee is analyzing all the previous reports and we shall find out why the recommendations were never implemented, medicine ” Dr. Rwendeire told a student audience in the Makerere Main Hall.

Hon. Mukasa Mbidde the EALA legislator who is also a former Makerere Guild President called on government to choose between adequately funding Makerere or allowing it to run as a business.


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