In his testimony, Mucunguzi who is currently the acting commissioner curriculum development at the police headquarters noted that although mobile phones and cameras had been banned from the ceremony with the invited guest notified, when many showed up he realized that there was an individual who was soliciting money so as to keep the gadgets.
Margaret Etuusa, the Deputy Academic Registrar in Charge of Certificates and Ceremonies Division.
The former Deputy Academic Registrar in Charge
of Certificates, Ceremonies, and Publications, Margret Etuusa was involved in soliciting
money from parents, students and guests during the 2017 graduation, the Anti-Corruption
court heard on Thursday.
The former Makerere University Chief Security
Officer, Jackson Mucunguzi said this while testifying in the case in, which Etuusa
is standing trial on four counts of abuse of office relating to flouting public
procurement laws, regulations, and procedures.
The charges stem from the irregular procurement
of private companies to provide services during the 67th Graduation Ceremony in
February 2017. Outstanding was the
contract awarded to Exxon Contractors Limited to handle and keep phones and
other gadgets during the 67th graduation ceremony.
Parents, students and
other guests had to part with between Shillings 3,000 and 5,000 for the company
to keep their gadgets that were not allowed at the graduation venue.
In his testimony, Mucunguzi, who is currently in charge of
Curriculum Development at Police Headquarters, noted that although mobile
phones and cameras had been banned from the ceremony and the invited guests
notified, when many showed up he realized that there was an individual who was
soliciting money so as to keep the gadgets.
“There was chaos at the entrance and I went
there to clear the mess. When I reached the scene, there was a young man called
Yasin who was enticing graduands and other guests to keep their phones. I tried
to chase him from the place, but he insisted, saying that he had been
contracted to do so,” Mucunguzi told the court.
Mucunguzi explained that he took the initiative to confirm
the development since the matter hadn’t been discussed in the previous
ceremonies committee meeting. “The said contract had the accused’s signature
and when I called her to confirm whether it was genuine she replied in the affirmative.
I left the contractor to go on with his business after all he was outside the
checkpoint,” he said.
Mucunguzi was the last prosecution witness. Justice Margaret Tibulya has now set August 20th for the prosecution
and defense to submit their closing arguments before she deliver her ruling.
In June this year, High Court lifted Etuusa’sr suspension as Makerere
University Deputy Academic Registrar in Charge of Certificates, Ceremonies, and
Publications and ordered her immediate reinstatement.
Court also awarded Etuusa
Shillings 350 million for unfair dismissal from office.