Mbarara: 30 Students Jailed for Forging Bank Slips

The students were from Global High School and Mbarara Allied

The East African Community Secretariat in collaboration with Kenya’s State Department of East African Affairs, nurse and the Ministry of Health is organizing a workshop on EAC regional health projects and programs for health sector stakeholders, clinic line Ministries, Departments, and County Health Officers.

The five-day dissemination workshop that started on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya is aimed at bringing on board different stakeholders and policy makers at different levels and raising their awareness and uptake of EAC health projects and programs.

According to the EAC Secretariat, the workshop is expected to lead to better understanding and improved knowledge about the EAC health sector, its vision, projects and programs among the policy makers, and the general public in Kenya.

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It is also anticipated that the forum will result in improved support, buy-in, ownership and implementation of EAC Health Projects and Programs; enhanced coherence in policy development and implementation of health programs within government in view of ongoing initiatives at the EAC level.

The EAC Secretariat has developed a Regional Health Sector Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which has a number of projects aimed at the realization of better health in the region.

These include the Open Health Initiative (OHI); East African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (EAC-MRH) Program; Population Health and Environment (PHE) Program; and the EAC HIV and AIDS, TB and STI Program whose Strategic Plan and Implementation Framework (2015 – 2020) was approved by the EAC’s policy-making organ, the Council of Ministers.

The secretariat reveals that despite the fact that all these initiatives are ongoing at the regional level, policy makers, the general public and other relevant stakeholders are not well informed of them.

This knowledge gap extends to health stakeholders and practitioners, manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products, line ministries and institutions and more recently county government officials. Health is a devolved function under the new Constitution of Kenya which came into effect in 2010.

The lack of adequate information on EAC health projects and programs makes it hard for implementation of various decisions and directives by the EAC Health Ministers at the national levels, according to the Secretariat.

Though health is a devolved function, decisions at the regional level have direct impact on the delivery of health care services hence the need for policy makers at both levels of government to be conversant with the various directives/decisions and resolutions.

There is also a need to increase the uptake of the EAC programs and projects by the general public for full realization of the envisioned benefits.

It is therefore critical that the health stakeholders and practitioners, manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products, line ministries departments and agencies as well as health officials in the county governments are sensitized on the ongoing projects and programs.

The dissemination workshop will be conducted at two levels. The high level government policy makers will briefed on spot visits in their boardrooms on specific EAC Health Programs and projects.

The proposed Ministries to be visited include: Ministry of Health, National Treasury, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Government of Nairobi City County, and the State Department of East African Affairs.
Police in Mbarara are 30 holding students from Global High School and Mbarara Allied School in the Municipality who are accused of using forged bank slips to swindle school dues.

The OC CID Mbarara Taban Chiriga said that the group used fake receipts from DFCU bank to claim cleared school dues.

The director Global High School, prostate Laban Kanywa who registered a case with Mbarara police said the students paid less money to the bank but showed full clearances to the school bursar.

“We were baffled to find that almost all students had paid fees yet the accounts were not tallying; we were running into a big crisis,” he said.

Director Global High School Laban Kanywa told Chimpreports all the implicated students were expelled.

Director Global High School Laban Kanywa told Chimpreports that all the implicated students were expelled.

According to Kanywa, the suspected students would pay a small portion of money in the bank and then smartly alter the figures on the slips to indicate that all the Shs 400,000 had been paid.

“This was not until I visited DFCU to find the bank statement indicating that only a small amount had been paid by the students.”

Upon learning this, he says he run to police which took action and arrested students who among others included Rashid Mutebi S.1, Benson Kakulu S.1, and Brenda Kyogabirwe.

Police says at Mbarara Allied School, 12 students were arrested in the same act and they are; Maricholi Ainembabazi S.3, Ivan Arimpa S.3, Nickson Mugisha S.3, Felix Ndyamusima S.3, Aaron Muhwezi S.3, Onerous Twesigomwe S.3, Simon Twesigye, Julius Turyasingura, Victor Ndyomuhwezi, Depas Nyesiga, Evaristo Barigye and Korineria Byaruhanga.

Mr Kanywa confirmed to Chimpreports that all the students implicated in the scandal were expelled from school to send a strong message to the rest of the student community.

“We don’t train thieves or conmen but we teach the children to be bright leaders of our country,” he said.



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