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Makerere to recover over UGX900M paid in error

Makerere University main building. (PHOTO BY NELSON MANDELA)

MAKERERE – Makerere University is yet to recover over 900m that was paid to more than 1,000 non-teaching staff in error in 2017.

The error was confirmed by former university bursar Mr. Tamale Augustine, who revealed in a letter dated June 30, 2017, that excess money was paid to staff by mistake.

He added that the money paid in excess was Shs971,566,043 and recoverable from the staff.

“Recoveries are to be made from various staff amounting to Shs971, 566,043. This will be added to the amount retained on the salary account worth Shs63,527,015 to enable payment of staff on the M6 scale,” reads the letter in part.

However, the differences in the salary payments prompted the affected staff who were underpaid to sue the university in the Kampala Capital City Authority labour court for allegedly creating a wrong salary scale M6.1 and M6.2 from the original M6.

The court has since directed the university to pay Shs3.2 billion to the account of the industrial court which has not yet been effected.

According to the university’s records, some staff on salary scale M11, who earn Shs3.01m were instead paid Shs3.18m at salary scale M10, in accordance with the new salary structure of 2018/2019.

Other staff members on salary scale M14, who earn Shs1.3m, were paid Shs1.9m on M12 scale while those on salary scale M15, who earn Shs1.1m were paid Shs1.9m at salary scale M12.

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