Makerere Declines to Review Food Contracts

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Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance, says each service provider has been paying between Shillings 500, 000 and Shs1.5 million each month.

Makerere University has declined to review the contract of food providers to government sponsored students. The university is under pressure from the food providers to increase the money paid for each student citing the high commodity prices.
Initially, each service provider was contracted for one year comprising of two semesters subject to renewal depending on their performance. The Government Valuer determined the appropriate rental fees for kitchen space for the stipulated period of the service contracts. 

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor in Charge of Finance, says, each service provider has been paying between Shillings 500, 000 and Shs1.5 million each month. He however, says the university management waived off the fees pending the approval of the contracts committee due to the escalation of food prices.

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 He says one of the proposals they are considering is prompt payment of the suppliers to enable them buy food directly from the market.
 

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The food suppliers include Venus Meals Enterprises - University Hall, Rema Restaurant and Take Away serves Nibirwa and Nkrumah Halls, Finland Bars and Restaurant serves Mary Stuart, Complex and Lumumba Halls.
 
Bbosa Institutional Catering Services serves students in Africa, Livingstone Hall on campus as well as medical students at Galloway House in Mulago, and Agriculture students at Kabanyolo student's hostel in Gayaza. In the contract, service providers were to provide food including but not limited to beef, chicken, fish, rice, beans, peas, matooke, sweet potatoes, posho, milk, bread and eggs.
 
 
The companies were supposed to provide quality affordable meals to students within the acceptable range of Shs. 2000/- per meal. Government provides Shs.4000/- per day for meals for each student. However, the university says the money insufficient.
 
Makerere University was covered with a spate of food strikes prior to its closure in November 2016. On October 19, a group of students from Complex hall, Lumumba hall, and Mary Stuart staged a strike to protest poor quality meals that saw 15 students suspended. 

 

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