By Our reporter
Uganda Management Institute (UMI) is facing a major scandal as students from the Journalism and Communication Management class have come forward with serious allegations of corruption, lack of integrity, and unprofessionalism within the institution. In a shocking revelation, it has been exposed that a high-ranking official, Kaggwa Peter, a Director of Finance and Administration at UBC, allegedly managed to obtain passing marks for a course he never attended due to a deceitful collaboration.
It is alleged that Kaggwa’s fraudulent academic success was made possible by the assistance of Moreen Akatukunda, a student and class representative who also happens to be a UBC employee under his direct supervision. Furthermore, it is alleged that Dr. Galukande Micheal Kiganda, the Course Manager, along with a data entry clerk named Helena, manipulated the system to grant Kaggwa undeserved grades.
In their petition to the Director General of UMI, the aggrieved students expressed their disappointment in the institute’s lack of action regarding this grave matter. Despite raising the issue with UMI management, they claim to have received no assistance or response. To make matters worse, Dr. Galukande, the Course Manager reportedly resorted to intimidation tactics, threatening students with failure if they persisted in pursuing the truth. Unfortunately, it seems that these threats have already materialized, as evidenced by the suspiciously favorable test results obtained by Kaggwa and the failure of other students involved.
Students have grown increasingly frustrated and disillusioned and claim that lecturers have actually been cheating student hours. This unethical behavior not only compromises the quality of education but also undermines the trust placed in UMI’s faculty.
Dr. Galukande, already embroiled in the scandal involving Kaggwa Peter’s fraudulent academic success, is now facing additional scrutiny. Students have alleged that he consistently offers flimsy excuses to justify the irregularities and mismanagement within the course. Meanwhile, the students themselves find their academic futures hanging in the balance as they face reprimands for failing to meet the strict 75% attendance requirement.
The situation has reached a breaking point, as students raise their voices in protest against the blatant disregard for academic integrity and fairness. They question how UMI can hold them accountable for attendance when absentee lecturers go unpunished, aided by a Course Manager who allegedly seems more interested in making excuses than addressing the core issues at hand.
The call for swift action and a thorough investigation has grown louder, with students demanding transparency, accountability, and meaningful reforms within UMI.
As the UMI scandal continues to unfold, students say it is imperative that their concerns are heard and that a comprehensive review of the institute’s practices is conducted. They assert that the future of journalism and communication management education in Uganda is at stake, and UMI must act swiftly to restore trust, ensure fairness, and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
“UMI’s Director General and the relevant authorities must seize this opportunity to address the deep-rooted issues that have come to light. Only by taking decisive action and holding those responsible accountable can UMI begin to rebuild its tarnished reputation and provide a conducive learning environment where integrity and fairness prevail.
The fate of UMI rests on its ability to acknowledge the grievances of the students, rectify the injustices, and commit to a future where transparency, professionalism, and ethical conduct are at the forefront of its educational mission.” Asserted some of the affected students
The affected students, who aspire to uphold the principles of integrity and transparency, are demanding for answers and justice. They question how UMI can punish them for attendance discrepancies while allowing absentee lecturers to go unpunished and ghost students. The frustration among the student body is palpable as they face the consequences of an attendance policy seemingly enforced arbitrarily.