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PHOTOS: Makerere Students Demand Prof. Ddumba Resignation

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buy geneva;”>Trouble begun when the university council introduced a 10 percent tuition increment on first year students and scrapping of meals in halls of residence which didn’t go well with the leaders and later culminated into a strike.

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viagra approved http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/searchengine.php geneva;”>According to students, symptoms the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu has turned a blind eye towards their demands and requested that he resigns.

“If Ddumba can’t handle our problems, let him resign and government takes over full control of the University if that is the only solution for this great institution in the country,” noted Robin Wabulembo, the president of Private Students’ Association.


Students march from their halls of residence to the Freedom Square

“Makerere is now becoming the most expensive university in the country. First they scrapped meals for private students and now its government students. We believe there is a lot of burden on us as private students and government should be concerned with what is happening because we are not only stake holders but also share holders in the university,” added the university guild president Ivan Bwowe.

In an interview with Chimpreports, the Kampala metropolitan Area police operations commander Sam Omara accused the university administration of not involving students as stake holders in matters concerning the institution.


Kampala Police boss and Bwowe heading to a meeting with Prof Ddumba

“The university should revisit the methods of handling students but not coming up with decisions that drive children students to resist and think police will help them. We are here not to defend oppressive policies but defend rights of people,” Omara warned.

According to students, the university council scrapped off meals from students in halls of residence and introduced a daily meal allowance of Shs2,000 to be given to each student on government scholarship.


Makerere University students in a protest on Monday

However, Prof. Ddumba explained that meals for all students in their halls of residence are to be reinstated as the institution looks into getting a private company to feed the students.

“All these decisions are made by the University Council and my role is simply implementing them but the 10 percent increment as far as am concerned applies to only first year students,” Ddumba clarified.

The situation was however calmed after a meeting between the Vice chancellor, students’ leadership and police but the students warned of further riots if their grievances are not addressed as agreed during the meeting.


Omara meeting students at Makerere University

Makerere main gate was temporarily shut down by students

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