According to Dr Robert Ayine, the Senior Higher Education Officer of the NCHE, the council had contacted the complainant David Musiri, who he says had lost interest in the matter.
Miss World Africa, Quiin Abenakyo meets Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe ahead of the 3rd session of #Mak69thGrad Ceremony where together with other graduands from MUBS received their degrees. University Photo
Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has dropped investigations into the alleged
fraudulent degree awarded to former Miss Uganda cum Miss World Africa, Quin
Abenakyo by Makerere University.
According to Dr
Robert Ayine, the Senior Higher Education Officer of the NCHE, the council had
contacted the complainant David Musiri, who he says had lost interest in the
then, a second-year student of BCOM (External) at Makerere University
petitioned the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Grace
Akullo and the NCHE to investigate the alleged illegal activities of Makerere
Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe and Professor Wasswa Balunywa, the
Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS).
the two officials to be investigated for allegedly issuing fake degrees,
diverting money meant for bursaries and corruption among other allegations.
He at the time claimed that Abenakyo did not complete all the legal
requirements for the award of Bachelor’s Degree, yet she was allowed to
“pretend otherwise on 18th January 2018 with the blessing and enthusiastic
handshake of our enigmatic Vice-Chancellor”.
On February 7, 2019, it was reported that Abenakyo miraculously graduated with
a second class upper Bachelor's degree in Business Computing, even with a
retake in the "Financial Management" course unit. Her retake had been
scheduled for September 1, 2018, a time she was away attending the beauty
It was established
from sources in the office of Makerere University Academic Registrar that
Abenakyo did not fulfil the requirements for the graduation. She was, however
“assisted” to graduate through granting her a "Special Examination",
outside the Makerere Academic Policy guidelines.
red flag raised by Musiri, a Makerere student cum activist early in 2019, it
did not receive feedback from NCHE.
And even when
a follow-up was made November 26th 2019, there was no feedback except a brief
email sent out to Isaac Ssemakadde, Musiri’s lawyer explaining that the Council
had contacted his client and had lost interest in the matter.
“We have since got in touch with Mr Musiri David on his cell phone who has
expressed that he is no longer interested in pursuing this matter any further
and would, therefore, wish that we do not investigate it as earlier planned,”
says Dr Ayine.
He adds; “Let us know if this is the position agreed between you and your
Ssemakadde say he was not surprised, that after such a long time the student's
choices had fundamentally changed.
He notes that as the regulator of higher education, NCHE’s mandate to
investigate wrongdoing that brings Ugandan education into disrepute is not
derived from the consent of wishy-washy complainants like that of David Musiri
but simply an obligation as a sector watchdog.
“The question you must ask yourself is whether the National Council would be
justified not to investigate merely because Musiri expressed "the wish
that you don't investigate as earlier planned." Of course, that would be
the wrong decision legally, morally and ethically,” Ssemakadde discloses.
Ssemakadde contends that he disagrees with the position of the National Council
and wants the allegations into fake degree scam investigated to further protect
the integrity of Makerere University academic awards.
“… If your excuse is that the National Council needs a citizen complaint to
move forward with the investigation, I hereby instruct you to move forward
"with my consent". I want to see this matter investigated speedily
and fairly to its full and logical conclusion,” Counsel Ssemakadde says in an
email sent to NCHE.