Former UCC Kabale students to drag MUBS to court over Academic Certificates

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KABALE– Former Uganda College of Commerce (UCC) Kabale students who completed in the year 2011/2012 have through their lawyers of Ayebazibwe – Makorogo And Company Advocates written to the Chairman of Governing Council of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Nakawa an intention to sue notice over the delay to hand over to them their certificates.

According to a notice of Intention to Sue dated March 5th 2021, the students claim that whereas they completed their courses, graduated and got academic transcripts the Institution has never given them the certificates despite several reminders.

According to one of the Alumni Akatwijuka Brian who is a former Guild President at UCC Kabale 2011/2012, over 1000 student who graduated in 2013 in different disciplines, have never got their certificates.

Akatwijuka said that, the former students have been denied jobs both in governmemt and private sector due to lack of the cerficates.

It’s from this background that the Lawyers from Ayebazibwe – Makorogo have written to the Chairman of the University Council notifying him about their predicament and gave them two weeks to respond to them failure of which there will be no option but to drag them to court without further notice.

The Notice of intention to sue by Ayebazibwe – Makorogo Company Advocates was copied to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports, Executive Director of Natioal Council for Higher Education, Minister for Higher Education, Academic Registrar MUBS, Principal and Deputy Principal of Mubs, All Principals of UCCs and the Speaker of Parliament.

The letter of Intention to Sue from Ayebazibwe – Mukorogo and Company Advocates addressed to the Chairman of Governing Council of Makerere University Business School.

In his petition, Akatwijuka said that 625 students of UDBS Accounting Option, 169 students of Diploma in Business Administration, 24 students of Diploma in Hotel and Institutional Cateering, 59 students of UDBS Stores Option, 46 students of Marketing Option and 97 students of Certificate in Business Administration who graduated on 25th Oct 2013, have never received their Certificates.

The students contend that since Uganda College of Commerce (UCC) Kabale fell under Makerere University Business School, they should be in position to explain what happened.

“Now therefore, under express instructions from our client, should you fail to resolve this in two weeks, we shall proceed to court and institute civil proceedings against the institution and consquences of this shall be deterimental” The Lawyers of Ayebazibwe – Mukorogo wrote.

The students also said that failure to obtain the cerficates has hampered their career progression and want those in charge to redeem them.

When contacted UCC Kabale Principal Dr Tusiime Stephen said that he is aware about the letter of Intention to Sue by former students but it was addressed to MUBS who are handling it.