MUST vice-chancellor on the spot for allegedly ‘gifting his girlfriend’ a PhD

The Mbarara University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor, Prof Celestino Obua and Academic Registrar – Martha Kyoshaba are on the spot after reports emerged that Edith Wakida, a student at the institution was irregularly admitted onto a PhD program at the institution.

Edith Wakida, who is reported to be in an intimate relationship with Prof. Obua was admitted onto the Doctoral programme Implementation Science at the Department of Psychiatry in the institution’s Faculty of Medicine after she was denied a place at Makerere University because of her humanities background.

Edith whose background is in Fine Art and Development studies ‘miraculously’ got a place on the Doctoral programme despite the fact that it is restricted to candidate with a background in science subjects.

This hasn’t gone down well with lecturers at the institution who claim that this has tainted the image of the university and portrayed it as one that lacks integrity.

The academic staff led by their association chairperson Dr Simon Kawuma and General Secretary Eng. Julius Taremwa, allege that Wakida, who manages research grants, for some of which Prof. Obua is the principal investigator, was further “deceitfully granted” a Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) PhD scholarship after she lied that she was a lecturer yet she was clearly not.

The Academic staff also say Prof Obua has time and again, abused his office inclusive of ‘persuading’ Wakida’s admission and transfer of scholarship to MUST by providing false information to Prof Mukadasi Buyinza, the Director and SIDA programme coordinator at Makerere University, and continuously defending Ms Wakida’s PhD studies under disguise of Implementation Science which doesn’t exist at MUST.

The academic staff further allege that Wakida was issued two admission letters to help her fit her the three-year PhD into two calendar years, especially after the Academic Registrar, Kyoshaba reportedly helped Wakida register manually for her third year yet she was supposed to be in second year at the time. The staff say this was all planned to fast-track her thesis to ensure that she graduates ahead of schedule.