Experts: University Strikes Breeding Ground For Uprising


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During a public a public dialogue on university strikes held on Friday at Makerere, head of political science department at the institution Dr. Ssali Kayunga Simba hastened to remind government that the very struggle against apartheid that finally delivered independence to the republic of South Africa was sparked off by primary school pupils in Soweto.

“You don’t want as a government leader to allow university student disgruntlement to get out of hand. These people are in the most critical age bracket of 16-25years, and worse still they are enlightened,” he said.

“This is a time where one’s life is filled with a lot of ideas, emotion, and gets to experiment as many options as possible. Because universities are multi cultural, there is high degree sense of tolerance of diversity, and union for or against a cause; this is a group of people capable of doing anything once annoyed.”

Led by three Kenyan students, the first ever university strike in Uganda came in 1952 at Makerere followed by a string of others all informed by patriotic agitation for the independence of East African countries from colonial rule.

Other violent uprisings erupted in the 1970’s threatening the dictatorship government of Idi Amin, while the one in 1981, compelled government to exile the then guild president Olara Otunnu, who was perceived to be anti-UPC.

Dr. Simba puts the current breed of strikes on government’s deliberate cuts of its expenditure on public tertiary institutions.

While Kenya injects 1.5 percent of its annual budget to tertiary education, and Tanzania 1%, Uganda only puts in 0.3 percent.

He elucidated: “Mankind is naturally opposed to paying an extra cost. That is why any increment you make on the price of a commodity or service will always be met with resistance.”

“The day that government yielded to pressure from the World Bank and IMF to privatize university education in 1990, we had a strike here and two students were killed.”

Simba added that such other costly innovations like the introduction of the college system at Makerere, was another disaster in waiting.

“The system is very expensive yet some of us even strongly believe that it adds no single value to the institution. Who is going to fund it?”

“For as long as government evades its responsibility of funding its tertiary institutions and expects them to be fully facilitated by students’ tuition, it is creating ground for grave anarchy that will blow up anytime soon.”

Speaking at the dialogue, Kyambogo university guild president John Mugabi reiterated that the Uganda government and university leaderships would never listen to anything non-violent.

He added that most public institutions are government leaning and tend to try to silence all voices from opposition side, forgetting that students’ leadership being democratically elected sometimes claim more legitimacy.

On his side, SSP Anatoli Mulemerwa of Kampala Metropolitan Police pointed out that the police force finds it difficult to contain university strikes without using too much force.

“We normally come in at the last minute, and because we don’t even know what the problem is, as we haven’t been addressed; we have less options but to apply force, and normally we end up being hated by both students and university administrators.”

“University leaders in Uganda are vastly to blame because they have chosen to command vertical leadership that isolates students and discourages dialogue and when things get out of hand they begin ordering us to hurry up!”


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