Security printer Smith & Ouzman, a leading authority on security printing solutions and document fraud prevention based in a resort town East Bourne on England’s southeast coast is said to have declined to print more certificates unless the university clears the outstanding arrears.
international security printing firm is reluctant to print Makerere University
certificates for the 2019 graduands over arrears.
Security printer Smith & Ouzman, a leading authority on security printing
solutions and document fraud prevention based in a resort town East Bourne on
England’s southeast coast is said to have declined to print more certificates
unless the university clears the outstanding arrears. However URN could not establish how much the company owes the university.
A document dated October 3, seen by URN reporter indicates that the company has
not received any communication from the University Procurement Department
regarding the contract for printing the certificates.
“From my senior management perspective I believe they will need to have all the
outstanding invoices paid before they allow this new work to be printed,” said
Mike Jackson, the International Sales Manager at Smith & Ouzman in a
Each graduate is required to pay 30,000 shillings as certificate fee, which is part
of the graduation fees.
However, ever since the 151 Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelors of
Dental Surgery students graduated from Makerere in January this year, they have
not accessed academic certificate, which is a requirement for license and
registration by their professional body, Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners
The doctors note that they had missed out on a number of opportunities as a
result of the delayed certificate.
Dr. Ronald Komata, a graduate from Makerere University Medical School said he
has so far missed both a job and a scholarship opportunity due to lack of a certificate.
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Dr Bill Wambaka, a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery graduate says they have not
heard from the university six weeks after they wrote to the Vice-Chancellor
about their graduation certificates, except for a claim that the British firm
had delayed in supply.
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Dr Aggrey Kizito Katulege wonders whether Uganda doesn’t have a competent printing
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Dr Enos Kigozi, another concerned medical graduate from Makerere says
they have issued a one-week ultimatum to the university to have served them
their certificates lest they go to court.
“Professor Nawangwe promised us while assuming leadership at Makerere that he
would change the systems and ensure students graduate with their transcripts
and certificates. We are surprised however that years after, the same things he
found are still here with us,”
He contends that graduates have been told by UMDPC that they can only be
registered if they had internship completion certificates, academic transcripts
and degree certificates.
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Smith & Ouzman’s Mike Jackson, the International Sales Manager could not be
reached for a comment.
When contacted, the head of Senate Professor Umar Kakumba who is also the First
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Makerere University seemed
surprised that the graduates had not received their certificates.
“I am away in Johannesburg. But I thought the certificates for the students who
graduated in January were issued. Let me find out from the Academic Registrar,”
said Professor Kakumba.