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MUBS Quizzed Over Operating In Condemned Buildings

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee—PAC has advised the management at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) to quickly renovate its structures. According to the Auditor General’s report 2010/2011, the University buildings have asbestos roofs that were condemned .

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The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee—PAC has advised the management at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) to quickly renovate its structures.

 

According to the Auditor General’s report 2010/2011, the University buildings have asbestos roofs that were condemned.

 

Professor Wasswa Balunywa, the University Principal acknowledged that the buildings have been condemned but stated that they have nowhere else to house the students. He was quick to add that they roof  the buildings depending on the financial situation.

 

Eddy Kwizera, a member of PAC, stated that the matter is an emergency and that the University should show proof that they have written to the Ministry of Finance who have failed to provide money.

 

Martha Abeja, the University’s Strategy and Projects Manager, told the committee that they have managed to roof one building.

 

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The MUBS officials stated that they made a request to government to replace the buildings with modern structures. Professor Balunywa revealed that government has this year given them 2.1million US dollars to put up a new building.

 

However, the committee was interested in the university’s strategic plan to show how they have been planning for a new construction before it is included in their annual budget which the officials could not readily provide.

 

The Auditor General also noted that the University has dilapidated buildings with dysfunctional fire extinguishers.

 

Meanwhile the committee also questioned why the University included a loan of 6 billion shillings in its non-tax revenue. The total budget for the University was 40.275 billion shillings with government contributing 8.1 billion and non-tax revenue making up 32.1 billion shillings.

 

Prof. Balunywa tried to explain that they were under pressure to complete the University library yet government failed to fully extend the money and that is why they got a loan of six billion shillings from Stanbic Bank.

 

In the Auditor General’s report the University Bursar Kyeyune Gorreti had stated that they had courses which never attracted any students as projected due to a number of reasons including funds. Students allegedly preferred other institutions which eventually led to the shortfall.

        

 Kwizera warned that the institution should not have anticipated in the budget.

 

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The University also made a false declaration to the Auditor General of 23 billion shillings of the Non Tax revenue yet in that financial year they realized 24 billion shillings. In addition it was revealed that the University did not invest any money in the Library as Prof. Balunywa claimed.