Kyambogo backtracks on ‘stolen’ transcripts

Kampala.
The management of Kyambogo University has backtracked on their earlier communication that transcripts in their custody were stolen.

The university secretary, Mr Sam Akorimo, told Daily Monitor yesterday that he erred in his communiqué to the university chief security officer directing him to submit a report on the several thefts that had occurred at the institution.

“There is no transcript which has been stolen. I made a mistake instead of saying scripts, I put transcripts,” Mr Akorimo said.

On August 26, Mr Akorimo wrote: “Five thefts have occurred, including the theft of transcripts, theft of property in East End stores, theft of laptop and other equipment at the photocopying centre near Ecobank, theft of curtains and materials in the Faculty of Education.”

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, admitted that there were students’ marked scripts which the university had kept since 2003 that had been stolen from the university. However, Prof Katunguka said such incidence would be avoided next time after the university passed a policy on disposing off such used-up materials. The policy indicates that no scripts will be kept for more than five years.

“We all make errors and Mr Akorimo just made one in his communication. We have not lost any transcripts. But there are some individuals who stole marked scripts from our stores which we had kept for a long time. I am told they sell them at Shs800 a kilogramme,” Prof Katunguka said.

Security lapse ruled out
Mr Andrew Mugarura, the chief security officer, yesterday denied that the university’s security is wanting but admitted having recovered some stolen student scripts on a truck. “We recovered some scripts and suspects were taken to court. People may talk but we don’t have facts on that wanting security. We look at the crime rates reported and we see that there is no security threat. It was there in the past but we have now improved,” he said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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