BY JACKAL NEWS CORRESPONDENT[wpsocialite]
I am writing to decry the future of once an “Institution with a difference”, now an “Institution with a defect”, Moi University. I wrote you about a month ago and now there is a new scandal that has eaten up the reputation of this University.
It is believed there was a scandal between Accountants, Bank officials and some students to defraud the University’s accounts. This has led to the suffering of about two thousand students who were conned of their fees without their knowledge.
Last week, there was a disciplinary cases of about two hundred students who some of them admit that they colluded with School of Business Accountant Mr. Alfred to issue fake receipts to the innocent students. As much as I welcome the move to penalized those who directly involved with the scandal, I am dejected by the fact that over two thousand students have been asked to repay a fees ranging from 20,000 and 500,000 /= each.
This is how it goes. It is stipulated in the University regulations that fee payment is made in terms of Banker’s Cheque. Anyone working with the University is part of those formulating this rule. When a student goes to receives fee from the guardian moments before the start of the exams he goes to an accountant and request to pay fee in terms of cash. The accountant knowing the hurry the student has, he accepts the cash. The accountant, instead of deposit the money in the institution’s account, he uses it for his own benefits.
This misconduct has been on as far as from 2004. And when the accountant is got, the University opts to deal with the students leaving the accountant free! A student goes to the chief accountant to verify the receipts only to be told that the documents are fake simply because he was served by the corrupt accountant Alfred yet he served him when he was the accountant!
These are the questions begging answers. The office Finance Officer ought to guard against all the excesses that put the life of the innocent students at stake.
The University accounts have to be audited to curb such mess in time. Finance Officer has been sitting idle in office for all those over 8 years yet students were being conned! Why the University is asking the students to go and look for the corrupt Alfred yet it is the one who should carry that cross? It is the system that is corrupt and not the students. If Alfred is corrupt, then the University is corrupt and hence the students should not be victimized at all.