Queries As Prof Opuda Is Appointed on New Board

mind geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The appointment is hoped to help speed up the stalled Students financing scheme which has been on hold due to the leadership vacuum.

price geneva;”>Prof Opuda’s appointment comes at a time when questions are being raised about his credibility, sales especially that he is among the eight Kyambogo staff members who were last year arrested and charged with abuse of office, conflict of interest and obstruction of directions of the Inspectorate of Government.

His assignment to the NCHE last year was also met with resistance from Council officials citing the same financial mismanagements scandal at Kyambogo.

Their protest however was overlooked by Minister Jessica Alupo who went ahead to appoint Prof Opudo, and not their preferred choice, Prof Moses Golola.

The Wednesday Cabinet meeting approved Prof Opudo along with others such as Prof Callisto Locheng, Christine Dranzoa, Robert Odok, William Ndoleriire, Solome Lwanga, Sserwadda Mohammed, Legesi Mwanika, and Esther Kyozira to fill up the vacant Students financing board.

Commenting on cabinet’s decision on Thursday, Information Minister Hon Rose Namayanja said: “Article 26 of the Constitution talks about presumption of innocence till proven guilty. As long as he has not been convicted of the said offences, we cannot negate that principle of justice.”

She added that before submitting names of proposed appointees of given boards, ministries carry out due diligence, following the spelled out criteria and qualities.

The absence of the Students’ Scheme board had for long put on halt among others, appointment of staff for the secretariat, approving operational modalities for the scheme, and extending financial assistance to eligible students as well as determining the number of beneficiaries.


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