The Registrar for the High Court Execution Division, Isah Serunkuma issued the first garnishee orders on November 20, 2019. The order stemmed from a miscellaneous application filed by 13 Mulago Paramedical students who in 2011 sued Government over the delayed award of their diplomas and certificates.
Makerere University Main Building
Makerere University bank accounts have been frozen, Uganda Radio Network has
learnt. The accounts according to the documents seen by this reporter were
frozen following the university’s failure to pay its external lawyers, Kateera
The Registrar for the
High Court Execution Division, Isah Serunkuma issued
the first garnishee orders on November 20, 2019. The order stemmed from a miscellaneous
application filed by 13 Mulago Paramedical students who in 2011 sued Government
over the delayed award of their diplomas and certificates.
was filed in Kampala High court on April 8th, 2019 by Joseph Kaddu,
Faisal Nyanzi, and Daniel Kibombo and others who claimed the delayed award of
the diploma and certificates had them of career opportunities. The
paramedical school is an affiliate college of Makerere University. The applicants won the case and were awarded costs of Shillings 2.6billion.
However, the University
failed to pay the money prompting court to issue garnishee orders to the applicants
to attach money from the university bank accounts. In an order seen by URN, Shillings
1.5billion was attached from two University accounts and directed that the
money be paid to Wambi & Co. Advocates on behalf of the students.
The account was short
of 1.1billion. URN has also established that
another 11 Makerere University Bank accounts were garnished on February 25th
2020 by bailiffs for the payment of another Shillings 2.3billion to Kateera
& Kagumire Advocates. A March 6, 2020
petition by Jane Atim, a staff of the
university, the institution is in a dilemma of paying at least Shillings 5billion
in court awards.
The petition was addressed to First lady and Education and
Sports Minister, Janet Museveni and Makerere University Council Chairperson, Lorna
Magara. The staff says majority of the frozen accounts are project accounts,
which is likely to cause activity backlog and stalling of university businesses
if not resolved early.
Some of the frozen
accounts include the fees collection account,
Salary Management account, Institute of Languages account, an account for the
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, one account of Makerere
University College of Health Sciences and another two accounts for the Gender
Main Streaming Directorate all from Stanbic Bank. Also attached are four
university accounts in Bank of Uganda.
On February 17, 2020, Yusuf Kiranda, the acting
Makerere University Secretary was briefly detained for failure to respect a
Court order to pay Shillings 175million as settlement fees for dismissal of
guest house staff. The affected workers were sacked after Makerere
University Holdings Limited (Mak Holdings) that was established to manage
commercial assets and interests of the University took over the Guest House.
The arrest warrant stemmed from an
application filed by 23 Guest House workers led by Lorna Tusiime in the Kawempe
Labour Court under Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). “…these are to command you to arrest the
accounting officer of Makerere University, the University Secretary Mr. Kiranda
Yusuf and unless Makerere University shall pay to you the total sum of Ugx
175,000,000 together with the costs of executing this process, to bring the
said person before court with all convenient speed,” reads arrest warrant in
Our reporter has established that as part of the settlement, the
University paid Shillings 75million to have the University Secretary released.
In their petition to the minister and university council, the staff say “the
exorbitant losses above show the extent of financial irresponsibility,
criminality and impunity in the university by the current administration.”
that, “there seems to be a conspiracy involving top management officials and
outside lawyers who represent the University or between the lawyers of the two
parties to inflate legal costs for private gains at the expense of the
staff equally urge the University Council to handle every letter of intention
to sue the University in addition to being updated at every sitting on the
status of the existing court cases.
“…Otherwise garnishing Makerere University Bank
accounts has just began and might extend to attachment of other University
properties like buildings and land, which is already endangered. Council should
engage parties in obvious cases against the University so that they are settled
out of court,” says Otim, in a petition on behalf of concerned staff of
The Auditor General's for the financial year
ending June 30 2019, shows that Makerere University had contingent liabilities
(court cases) amounting to Shillings 62billion. The staff, however say this
money has increased as of now.