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David Musiri, who refers to himself as the Chairperson of former suspended students of Makerere University, wants Prof. Nawangwe investigated for issuing fake degrees, diverting money meant for bursaries and corruption among other allegations.
05 Feb 2019 15:02
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A second year student of Makerere University has petitioned the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, Grace Akullo to investigate the alleged illegal actions of the vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe. 

David Musiri, who refers to himself as the Chairperson of former suspended students of Makerere University, wants Prof. Nawangwe investigated for issuing fake degrees, diverting money meant for bursaries and corruption among other allegations.

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In his February 04th, 2019 petition to Akullo, Musiri alleges that after his suspension from the university in 2018 for protesting the 15 percent tuition increment, Prof. Nawangwe and his Personal Assistant, Gordon Mulangira arbitrarily cancelled his name from the Chinese Embassy Scholarships. He wants the police to investigate what the duo does with the money since he was never replaced.

"I have reasons to suspect that the duo divert that money and pocket it....they usually manufacture excuses for withdrawing bursaries arbitrarily from needy students, on the pretext of indiscipline, and they later divert it for themselves", the letter reads in part. Musiri also wants police to investigate the circumstances, under which Miss Uganda; Quiin Abenakyo was 'offered' a degree without fulfilling the necessary academic requirements.

"I have recently come into possession of the 'Academic record' of Miss Africa Quiin Abenakyo who graduated from Makerere University on 18th January, 2019. These documents reveal that Ms Abenakyo  didn't complete all the legal requirements for the award of the degree in question, and the Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe personally covered up this mess , for reasons best known to him", the letter states.

Adding that, “I have also received numerous reports from concerned students that the Vice Chancellor and his Personal Assistant Gordon Murangira usually facilitate the grant of fake marks and fake degrees to select students from privileged backgrounds. They also abuse their power to manipulate marks for certain students who deem critical of their administration or otherwise unwanted. There are many victims of this syndicate whom I shall disclose to you. Please investigate this syndicate". 

According to some documents seen by URN, on August 20th, 2018, Abenakyo wrote to the Principal Makerere University Business School, Professor Waswa Balunywa asking to defer her "Financial Management" Paper retake until when she returns from the beauty contest, which was expected to end by December.  She didn't receive response from the principal until January, 10th, 2019 when she returned to the country. She wrote informing the university that she had returned from the Miss World Competition where she emerged as the Miss World Africa. 

"I would wish to retake this examination so that I graduate. I gather that the graduation ceremony will take place on January, 18th, please allow me to retake the paper and graduate", Abenakyo wrote. As a result, Professor Balunywa wrote to Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere Vice Chancellor seeking authorisation to allow Abenakyo sit a special examination on January 12th, 2019 such that she can be able to move on with her career plans. 

"Allowing her to sit this examination would be a contribution of the institution in enabling her to pursue her career ", reads Professor Balunywa's letter in part. She was awarded a second class degree in Business Computing on January 17th, 2019.

Professor Nawangwe has since told the Media that Abenakyo graduated legally after completing all requirements, adding that there is evidence to that effect. In 2017, Makerere University recalled more than 700 Degrees after it emerged that students hacked the result management system and illegally entered their marks yet they hadn't qualified to graduate.