Outgoing Kabale University Guild Cabinet Declines to Handover

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John Bosco Muhwezi, the outgoing Kabale University Guild President, says the failure by the University to pay them is a sign of disrespect, adding that they will not handover to the new leadership unless they are paid their allowances.

The outgoing guild cabinet of Kabale University has declined to handover office to the incoming leadership citing unpaid allowances. The outgoing guild leadership led by John Bosco Muhwezi was expected to hand over to the new leadership led by Christine Tina Barigye on Saturday.
 

 
The new leaders were expected to take oath of office at a ceremony overseen by Prof. Ezra Twesigomwe Mishambi, the Kabale University Deputy vice chancellor in charge of academics affairs. However, the outgoing guild leaders were no show. Despite this, the incoming guild leaders took oath of office.
 

 
The outgoing student leaders accuse the university administration of failure to pay their allowances for the last three month. Each guild cabinet member is entitled to a monthly airtime allowance of Shillings 30,000 and another Shillings 30,000 as sitting allowance.


 
John Bosco Muhwezi, the outgoing Kabale University Guild President, says the failure by the University to pay them is a sign of disrespect, adding that they will not handover to the new leadership unless they are paid their allowances.
 
 
Junior Musinguzi Bampa Mwesigye, the chairman Kabale University Electoral Commission accuses management of failing to explain why the outgoing guild leaders haven't been paid yet they are due to complete their courses next month.
 

Nicholas Byonanenbye Kamuntu, the President Human Rights and Adviser -in-charge of administration and Finance in the office of the Guild President, wonders why the University Administration has failed to release their allowances yet they submitted  their requisitions two weeks ago.




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Judith Akatukunda, the Kabale University Public Relations Officer insists the guild leaders were paid a month ago, saying those claiming otherwise only want to taint the image of the university.

 

Prof. Ezra Twesigomwe Mishambi says the outgoing guild leaders will be forced to handover. This is not the first time guild leaders at Kabale University are complaining about unpaid allowances.





In October 2016, the same guild leadership threatened to stage a demonstration accusing the university administration for not paying their allowances for five months.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


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