Kampala. Makerere University has cleared 4,000 students of Makerere University Business School (Mubs) to graduate.
The university had initially said it would not allow the students to graduate because Mubs had refused or failed to remit Shs4.6 billion of functional fees to the main university for the past three years.
Mubs, which is affiliated to Makerere University and specialises in business and management-related courses, is supposed to present its graduands at the 67th graduation ceremony set for February 22 to 24 at the main campus, Makerere.
In a closed-door meeting on Tuesday between the management of the two government institutions, an agreement was reached that MUBS starts remitting the outstanding functional fees in installments starting next week and its students will then graduate without further conditions.
“There is no problem now. Students of Mubs are going to graduate irrespective of the misunderstanding between Makerere and Mubs. I am sure everything between us will be sorted out,” Makerere university vice chancellor Prof Ddumba Ssentamu said when contacted for a comment.
Mubs principal Prof Wasswa Balunywa could not be reached for a comment on the new development as calls to his known telephone number went unanswered just like the institution’s spokesperson, Mr Peter Odoki.
Prof Ddumba said Makerere officials were going to meet Mubs management again to get the actual outstanding amount.
Makerere University bursar, Mr Augustine Tamale, on January 9 wrote to Prof Balunywa saying MUBS had refused to remit the functional fees to the main university account for the past three years.
Mr Tamale said every Ugandan or East African student at Mubs is supposed to pay Shs420,000 per year while an international student pays Shs1,027,500, which Mubs has been dodging.
He said Mubs was supposed to pay more than Shs6b for four academic years from 2012/2013 to 2015/16 but the school had only remitted Shs1.4b, leaving a balance of at least Shs4.6b.