By our reporter
Information reaching us reveals Makerere University has for sometime been losing millions of shillings to cyber criminals.
Highly placed sources have revealed to us that hackers got into the Makerere accounting system, causing financial loss to the country’s oldest education Institution.
Sources say the deceitful cyber operation is reportedly threatening the University’s payment and academic system.
It is understood that the cyber criminals have for long been able to easily transfer tuition from students who have paid their tuition to those who have not paid. In such cases, the money is passed on to the criminals.
The source added: equally, the results can be switched. A failing students can easily graduate with a first-class degree.
Recently the administration grilled five students whose tuition details were tampered with. Luckily, the suspected students had saved their bank payment slips which they presented as proof of payment.
As we write, this information about the fraud at the Makerere is kept confidential. The authorities asked the students who were grilled, not to talk to the Media about the same.
The University has of recent been faced with problems ranging from student and Lecturer strikes, to no money to run the country’s oldest university.
The Makerere University vice-chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, recently told the Daily Monitor that the university was bankrupt.
Responding to the Daily Monitor inquiry into the delay of staff salaries, Prof Ddumba said: “It is a reality, there is no money. Even me, I’m a university employee and I haven’t been paid.”