MPs Question Mbarara University Officials over Illegal Businesses

Members of Parliament sitting on the education committee have today grilled Mbarara University leadership over the operation of illegal businesses within the institution.
17 Apr 2019 19:17

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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 arrangement.

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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 Government.

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 billion.

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 others.