Mak Registrar Etuusa Kicked Out Again

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The Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, asked the 55-year-old Deputy Academic Registrar in Charge of Certificates, Ceremonies and Publications early this week to immediately hand over all University property in her possession to the academic registrar, Alfred Namoah without fail.

Makerere University has kicked out the indicted Registrar, Roy Margaret Etuusa Lubega.
 
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, asked the 55-year-old Deputy Academic Registrar in Charge of Certificates, Ceremonies and Publications early this week to immediately hand over all University property in her possession to the academic registrar, Alfred Namoah without fail.

 
Etuusa was interdicted on January 11 this year over corruption related charges.  She was arraigned before the Anti-corruption Court on four counts of abuse of office relating to flouting procurement laws, regulations and procedures. The charges stem from the irregular procurement of companies to provide services during the 67th Graduation Ceremony in February 2017.
 
Etuusa secured a High court order reinstating it her into office and restraining the university from taking any action against her. However, Prof. Nawangwe has asked her to vacate office immediately following advice from the Solicitor General.
 
"We have received advice from the DPP and Solicitor General that since you already handed over office, you remain on interdiction until the criminal charges against you are concluded in a accordance with Section 31 (1) of the Public Service Commission Regulations," Prof. Nawangwe states in his enforcement of interdiction letter. 
 
In May 2017, Dr. Fredrick Tanga Odoi, the Chairperson Makerere University Convocation requested Uganda Police to inquire into allegations of abuse of office in, which Etuusa was largely involved.
 

Charles Mansio Twiine from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police said in his January correspondence to the convocation chairperson that the Directorate had submitted the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for evaluation of evidence following the completion of their investigations.

 
Upon perusal, the DPP accordingly sanctioned and consented to the charges of Abuse of office against Etuusa. He charged her with Abuse of Office contrary to section 11(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 as Amended.

 
Prosecution alleges that on February 15th 2017 at Makerere University, Etuusa abused her authority and did an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of her employer (Makerere University) when she contravened procurement laws, regulations and procedures by irregularly procuring Exxon Contractors Limited to provide phone custody services during the 67th Graduation Ceremony.

 
The company reportedly fleeced unsuspecting parents and graduands under the guise of securing their mobile phones and other gadgets. The company charged Shs3, 000 for each gadget placed under its custody.

 
Etuusa is also accused of illegally procuring JAALC Uganda Limited to provide food/drinks vending services during the same Graduation Ceremony.

 
In another account, Etuusa is also accused of illegally procuring one Juliet Mirembe to provide food/drinks vending services during the same graduation ceremony. 

 
Additionally, she is also accused of flouting procurement laws, regulations and procedures by irregularly procuring one Milton Egayu to provide vending services during the 67th graduation ceremony.

 
Section 11 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 states that "…A person who, being employed in a public body or a company in which the government has shares, does or directs to be done an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of his or her employer or any other person, in abuse of the authority of his or her office, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or fine not exceeding one hundred and sixty-eight currency points or both."

 

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