Kabale University Dean Accused of Abuse of Office

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Ssendegeya is accused of swindling 67 million Shillings allocated for the welfare of Government sponsored students and an additional 11 million Shillings from the guild fund. Nicholas Byoonanebye, a guild advisor says that none-of the government sponsored students benefited from the money released by government last year.

Kabale University Dean of Students Charles Ssendegeya is under pressure for alleged embezzlement and abuse of office.

Ssendegeya is accused of swindling 67 million Shillings allocated for the welfare of Government sponsored students and an additional 11 million Shillings from the guild fund. Nicholas Byoonanebye, a guild advisor says that none-of the government sponsored students benefited from the money released by government last year.

He adds that Ssendegeya's failure to release money for guild activities, led to a fracas in which the outgoing guild council refused to hand over office to the new leadership. They accused the University of failing to pay their allowances for the last three months.

Byoonanebye says several students have lodged complaints against the dean for using abusive language and failure to listen to their concerns.
 
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John Bosco Muhwezi, the outgoing Guild President accuses Ssendegeya of taking over the authority and responsibilities of the Guild Council and harassing students. The students are now demanding for the intervention of the top management of the university to prevail over the Dean of Students.

Muhwezi says that they will seek legal redress in case the university administration fails to replace him.
 
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Joshua Mujo Mugisha, another student accuses Ssendegeya of promoting nepotism in the University. Mugisha says that Ssendegeya fronts only students from his home district Kisoro to first benefit from university services at the expense of the others.

But Ssendegeya dismisses all allegations against him.

Professor Joy Kwesiga, the university Vice Chancellor could not be reached for a comment because she was reported to be out of the country. However, Judith Natukunda, the University Public Relations Officer says that the university administration has already launched investigations into the students' concerns. Natukunda declined to divulge details on the ongoing investigations.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.