Members of Parliament have grilled
Mbarara University of Science and Technology –MUST leadership over the operation
of illegal businesses in the institution.
Officials from the university were on Wednesday appearing before the education committee
chaired by Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot to present their budget estimates for
the coming financial year 2019/2020.
The officials led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestino Obua
included the Deputy University Bursar Dominique Musane and Deputy Secretary
in-charge of Planning Robinah Nakakeeto.
Opolot demanded an explanation over the illegal businesses operating inside the
university campus that had been highlighted by the Auditor General, John
Muwanga in his report for the year ended June 2018.
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In response, the Deputy University Bursar Dominique Musane said
that the University has nine temporary kiosks that management allowed to be
constructed in 2010 under which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed
with the owners.
Without revealing much details, Obua told the committee that under
the MOU, the tenancy period went up to October 2018 during which they recovered
the money used for the construction with some profits and that the university
has since made reviews on the operations of the kiosks under a new
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Opolot said that the MUST officials will be expected to explain in
detail the audit query and others before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee-Central
In the coming financial year 2019/2020, the budget of MUST decreased
from 48.015 billion shillings in the current financial year 2018/2019 to 47.253
Despite the decrease in the budget, the institution plans to
complete the students’ hostel at Kihumuro campus, renovate the teaching
facilities at Mbarara campus and complete construction of the main gate at
Kihumuro at 3 billion shillings.
The university also plans to procure vehicles at 100 million, ICT
140 million, Machinery and Equipment 319 million, furniture 659 million and