The Deputy University Secretary, Yusuf Kiranda, says the Human Resources Director is yet to compile a list of the affected staff and compute the amount lost by the University.
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Makerere University is
seeking a refund of unspecified sum of money from more than 16 academic staff
who were dismissed for alleged failure to complete further studies on time.
The Deputy University
Secretary, Yusuf Kiranda, says the Human Resources Director is yet to compile a
list of the affected staff and compute the amount lost by the University.
“Even if we didn’t fund
your studies, at least we gave you a study leave and the institution was losing
funds. We shall get a way of retrieving that money,” Kiranda said.
According to a document
from parliament seen by URN, some of the staff didn’t complete their studies
within in stipulated time while others didn’t report back after the expiry of
their study leave.
The 16 were sacked in a mass swoop that saw 45 senior staff
relieved of their duties in December last year. According to available
records, 123 academic staff were sponsored for further studies over the last
five (5) years.
However, 55 of the
beneficiaries failed to complete their courses within the stipulated timelines.
Those laid off last
year include Stella Maris Sendagi from Agricultural & Bio systems
Engineering, Derrick Joseph Olaka a Teaching Assistant of Computer Science,
Jude Olinga a teaching assistant of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Harriet
Namukwaya Kabunga from European & Oriental Languages department, Dr.
Catherine Namono from Painting and Art History department, James Semuwemba an
assistant lecturer from Civil & Environmental Engineering, David Kayondo,
Saad Fatihiya Migdad, a deputy registrar.
Others are Lawrence
Achilles Nyanzi a teacher of Foundation & Curriculum Studies, Dorothy
Kwagala, an Assistant Lecturer from School of Law, Robert Mutagwanya, Dr. Elly
Amani Gamukama a senior University Librarian, Olive Darlia Buhule, an assistant
lecturer in the department of Statistics & Actuarial Sciences, Sarah Alobo
from Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics department, Dr. Juliet Nabbuye
Sekandi, Stephen Tumutegyereize, a lecturer in Planning & Applied Statistics
department and Denis Asiimwe from the law school.
While the status of
the 55 academic staff is unclear, the Education
Committee of Parliament recently observed that there was no evidence or efforts
by the University Council to enforce staff compliance within the prescribed
timelines or to recover the grants.
The Committee also
noted that failure to efficiently utilize the grants could result in loss of
future funding from donors thereby depriving other eligible beneficiaries of
the opportunity to receive financial aid. The Committee advised
Makerere University to enforce the terms and conditions of sponsorship to avoid
losing future grants.
Section 5 (a) of the standard bonding agreement between
Makerere University Council and its staff development fellows require the
Council/ Sponsor to recover the whole or any part of the grant if the grantee
fails or neglects to complete his/ her course/courses of study at the
institution within the shortest prescribed by the terms of engagement/
regulations relating to such course of training or fails to pass the
The University management says it has initiated a process of
handling all staff who contravened the provisions of the bonding agreement and
the human resource manual. Management says the staff matters have
been referred to the Appointments Board where the culpable staff are being
charged with abscondment and other related offenses.
Other staff forwarded to the University Appointments Board
for handling include Florence Namasinga who according to documents resigned
from the university before completion of her studies and Dennis Otali whose
leave expired in 2012 but has since not communicated.
Fillister Ssonko didn’t
report back for duty upon expiry of her study leave while Susan Olet resigned
from upon completion of her studies.
Charlotte Ntulume Kaweesa, Ssozi Phiona, Catherine Mugarura,
Robert Opoka Opika, Francis Nturanabo, Henry Nabeta,Muhamed Kiwero, Evryn Patra
Asio-Kalenzi, Gertrude Ayugi and Patricia Atim P’Odong haven’t reported to the Human Resources, according to
the documents and that there is no evidence of completion of their studies.
Meanwhile, Godber Wilson Tumushabe was reinstated and found
not to have absconded from duty. He had previously been accused by the
university appointments Board of not reporting back after the expiry of his
study leave in August 2011.