IGG Drops Makerere Fake Degree Investigations

The Inspector General of Government IGG Irene Mulyagonja has dropped investigations into a case in which Makerere University allegedly promoted one of its staff irregularly.
Letter from IGG's office indicating that her officer had dropped interest in further investigating the matter
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja has dropped investigations into a case in which Makerere University allegedly promoted one of its staff irregularly.

Dr Robert Wamala has been under spotlight after one of the lecturers alleged that Wamala awarded a Doctorate degree and appointed to head the School of Statistics.

In 2012, Wamala attained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Statistics after submitting his thesis on "A plausible cause of delayed completion of Graduate studies at Makerere University Uganda."  

He was later elevated to Dean. But both is doctorate and appointment were challenged by Brian Musana, a lecturer in the School of Statistics.                     

In her letter dated October and addressed Makerere University academic registrar, the IGG said her office had lost interest in investigating the matter having found out that it was maliciously filed.

URN has learnt that Brian Musaga, the complainant, filed a complaint in his September 15 letter to the IGG alleging that Robert Wamala was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy irregularly. 

“It was further alleged that Mr. Wamala Robert was extorting money from students to assist them in the completion of their studies and those unable to comply were denied the chance to sit their examinations,” read part of the IGG's letter to the Academic Registrar.

The letter was received by the Academic Registrar on October 20, 2016.

“The Inspectorate of Government has conducted preliminary investigations into this matter and established that it doesn't merit our intervention,” wrote Mulyagonja.

Section 19 (2) (b) of the Inspectorate of Government Act, 2002 provides that; “where the inspectorate is satisfied that the complaint is trivial, frivolous, vexatious, or not made in good faith; the inspectorate may decline to conduct an investigation and accordingly inform the complainant in writing, but the inspectorate shall not be bound to give any reasons for the decision.”

On September 21, S. Kasirye from the IGG's office introduced to Alfred Masikye Namoah the Makerere University Academic Registrar Racheal N. Nshemerirwe, an officer of  the Inspectorate of Government mandated to carryout investigations into the matter.

However after a few days into the case, the IGG withdrew from the case saying it could not merit the IGG's intervention.

Brian Musaga an assistant lecturer at the School of Statistics in the college of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) had filed this complaint against the dean of the school which some university officials say was out of malice.

Musaga is currently on suspension from the university after being caught in office allegedly having sex with a student on May 30. 

It is from this saga that the university vice chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu, commissioned a committee to investigate sex-for-marks related cases. Up to now, the university authorities have refused to speak out on the committee findings.

URN was not able to talk to Dr Robert Wamala, the Dean of the School of Statistics as he is out of the country.