A second year student at Makerere University has petitioned Makerere University’s Academic Registrar and the respective committees at Makerere University Senate as well as the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and the police, seeking to revoke a degree allegedly awarded in fault to Miss Uganda cum Miss World Africa, Quin Abenakyo.
David Musiri, a second year student of BCOM (External) at Makerere University claims the Abenakyo did not complete all the legal requirements for the award of Bachelors Degree “yet she was allowed to pretend otherwise on 18th January 2018 with the blessing and enthusiastic handshake of our enigmatic Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nwangwe”.
According to Musiri, the act by the University was in bad faith as Abenakyo’s name was neither in the graduation booklet, nor is her CGPA known. He also says that this made her peers envious.
“Why should the rest of us suffer to register normal progress yet beauty queens will eventually receive preferential treatment behind closed doors, moreover in the office of the Vice Chancellor?” Musiri wonders in the letter he copied to CID and NCHE.
“The purpose of this letter is to kindly request you to place this matter before senate or its appropriate committee(s) for internal investigation and relevant action, including recalling and revoking that fake degree that was recently awarded to Ms Quiin Abenakyo in breach of established regulations.”
Musiri vows to continue to the IGG for investigations should this matter fail to get the necessary ears.
A letter from MUBS Principal Waswa Balunywa to Makerere University Vice Chancellor Barnawabas Nawangwe indeed indicates that Abenakyo did not have the requirement credit units and CGPA required to graduate as she had a retake in Finance Management, a course unit in her second year.
“Unfortunately she was unable to retake the examination because of her involvement in the Miss Uganda and Miss World beauty contest,” the letter reads in part.
According to Balunywa, Abenakyo wrote to the Business School seeking leave from retaking the paper until she returns from her engagements in the pageant, however, she returned so close to the graduation ceremony prompting the university to issue her a special exam on January 12 2019, ahead of the graduation events.
Balunywa said this was all done to allow Abenakyo “pursue her career.”