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Bakibinga pinned over MUK collapsed fence

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st October 2009 03:00 AM

FORMER Makerere University deputy vice-chancellor Prof. David Bakibinga was responsible for the collapse of the sh2b wall fence, the Police have said.

FORMER Makerere University deputy vice-chancellor Prof. David Bakibinga was responsible for the collapse of the sh2b wall fence, the Police have said.

By Mary Karugaba
and Francis Kagolo


FORMER Makerere University deputy vice-chancellor Prof. David Bakibinga was responsible for the collapse of the sh2b wall fence, the Police have said.

Investigations showed that Bakibinga sanctioned the money for the construction and represented the university in implementing the project.

“The money was derived from sh41m the estates department got as a monthly allocation. It was sanctioned by Bakibinga. He represented management in the implementation of the project,” the October 15 report said.

The investigations were carried out by the criminal investigation directorate officials attached to the parliamentary public accounts committee.

The report, yet to be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution, said the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Act was not followed in the procurement of works, materials and consultancy services.

In September 2006, Compliant Engineering and Trade was awarded the contract to build the wall at sh619m.

The cost was later increased to sh2b.
During the construction, part of the wall collapsed and the project was suspended.

Earlier investigations by the PPDA had recommended that Bakibinga be held accountable.

However, the university council exonerated Bakibinga and instead dismissed the estates manager and four other officials.

The Police established that by the time of the collapse, sh126m had been spent on the fence.

The Police also found out that 57 shareholders of Technology Consults (TECO), the firm that first investigated the matter and made the report upon which the council based its decision to exonerate Bakibinga, are lecturers in the faculty of technology.

The university is supposed to pay TECO sh25m for the investigation. The Police also confirmed that the university lacks a title for its 321 acres of land.

According to the report, the land title was cancelled by the lands registry when creating another title for the adjacent land in the Katanga slum
The slum lies in the valley between Makerere Hill and Mulago Hospital.

Bakibinga pinned over MUK collapsed fence

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