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Pader District Leaders Probe Theft of University Bursary Forms

The forms were part of 50 slots issued annually to the district before each academic year by Kampala International University- KIU and Kampala Metropolitan University to disadvantaged students under the recommendation of the District Executive Committee.

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Pader District authorities are investigating circumstances under which more than 20 university scholarship and bursary application forms went missing from the district archives department.

The forms were part of 50 slots issued annually to the district before each academic year by Kampala International University-KIU and Kampala Metropolitan University to disadvantaged students under the recommendation of the District Executive Committee.

Under the scheme, the benefitting student caters for 50% of the required tuition while the University covers the other 50%.

David Lam Komakech the District Secretary for Health and Education says concerns of the missing forms only came into the limelight after a section of beneficiaries failed to access the bursaries and upon preliminary inquiries, it was discovered that the bursary forms were missing.  

Komakech now says that they have since informed the universities to tentatively cancel the current scheme while new bursary forms are dispatched and subsequently issued to the beneficiaries under strict scrutiny. 

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The Pader LCV Chairperson Col (Rtd) Fearless Obwoya Oyat says investigations have already been instituted.

David Sema the Northern Regional Sponsorship Coordinator for Kampala International University condemned irregularities of personalizing the forms, allegations of exhibiting sectarian tendencies and laxity by students to pick the forms which have greatly compromised the cause for which the scholarships were initiated.    

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A source at Kampala Metropolitan University that preferred anonymity confirms having registered the concern but says such irregularities are currently being mitigated by ensuring potential applicants access the scholarship application forms online.