4 Busoga University Staff Sent on Forced Leave

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Four employees of Busoga University in Iganga district have been sent on one month’s forced leave pending investigations into alleged fraud at the University.

Four employees of Busoga University in Iganga district have been sent on one month’s forced leave pending investigations into alleged fraud at the University.

The four include Lawrence Wanyama Wagira, the Director Academic Affairs, Prof. Sam Waswa, Director Quality Assurance, George Dhafa, Director of Human Resources and Oliver Kwagala, Senior Human Resource Officer.

The decision follows a visit to the university on Tuesday by Busoga Diocesan Bishop Dr. Michael Kyomya to address concerns voiced by the university senate and the public. Bishop Kyomya is the Chancellor of the University.
 
There are complaints that at least 13 students including Somali nationals graduated on August 31 this year without ever studying at Busoga University.

The students have been identified as Mariam Namayanja, who graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology, Abdisalan Abdullahi Farah with Bachelor of Arts with Education, and Mumin Mohamud Dagane and Mawo Dakane Abdikani, who graduated with Bachelor of Business Management. The others are Maalim Nasir Rashid with Bachelor of Development Studies, and Hassan Abdullahi Abdikadir, Korow Abdirizack, Omar Abdi Maalim, Sheik Mohammed Abdnoor, Muhammud Ibrahim Adan, Dawa Noor Adan, Mohammed Madey Hassan and Mohammed Adow Abdullahi, all with Bachelor of Arts Social Work and Social Administration.

Andrew Balondemu, Busoga University public relations officer, says the senate is to put up a committee to investigate circumstances under which the twelve students were included on the graduation list while some of the genuine students were omitted from the list.

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Some of the students who missed graduation are Susan Basenza and Ibrahim Sanyu, who studied Social Work and Social Administration. Others are Agnes Aliyinza, who studied Public Administration and Aisha Birungi, who did Business Management.

One of the university lecturers who preferred anonymity claims that each of the graduands in question paid six million shillings to be included on the University Graduation list.

Aisha Birungi, a resident of Jinja and one of the students who missed graduation, says her fate is unknown until the university concludes its investigations.

Wanyama Wagira, one of the affected officials, has refused to comment on anything until investigations are concluded, but maintains he is innocent.

Dr. Apollo Musita, a lecturer at the University, says the suspended officials should be sacked because they have undermined the safety, integrity and credibility of the institution.

Out of the 1163 students who graduated in August, 607 were international students from Kenya, Tanzania, and other neighbouring East African countries.

 

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