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Makerere Students Give Ultimatum on Campus Reopening

Makerere University students  Ronald Ainebyona, Simon Wanyera and Robinson Wabulembo addressing journalists on Thursday. (Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe)

A group of 7 Makerere University students have threatened to take “violent” action if government fails to open the university in the next 24 hours.

President Museveni on Tuesday evening ordered immediate closure of the University following a sit down strike by lecturers over unpaid incentives.

The students, page http://clearintotheclassroom.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php Simon Wanyera(Education), http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php Ronald Ainebyona(Law), http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-includes/admin-bar.php Robinson Wabulembo(FEMA),Patrick Kafeero(Statistics),Henry Buyondo (Industrial Art), Fahad Kwisaba(College of Humanities) and Paul Kato(Education) are not taking lightly what they call the complete disregard of their interests by the president and the university leadership.

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“As students, we fulfilled our obligation of paying tuition and being in class but the lecturers didn’t honor theirs. It is unfair that government went ahead to close the university,” Simon Wanyera a member on the Makerere Guild Representative Council (GRC) said.

“It was painful seeing students who came to study, asked to pack their belongings back to where they came from yet it is time for school.”

According to the group, who claimed were representing their colleagues, the decision to close the university only forced many of the students to start wandering on the streets of Kampala to look for survival.

The students said that government ought to resolve the standoff with lecturers, as extending it to the students infringes on their right to education.

“The ultimatum we have given is today (Thursday) or else we are promising action in the coming hours. We can’t just look on when the university is closed,” said Robinson Wabulembo.

The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi on Wednesday said all students and their leaders must vacate the university whose services including playgrounds, canteens and halls of residence were closed.

Addressing journalists at the new Kawumu State Lodge in Luweero district, President Yoweri Museveni said government could not allow lecturers to hold it on ransom.

“It is not good for someone to paralyze the country. This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo and we shall not tolerate any form of indiscipline like this anymore,” Museveni warned on Wednesday evening.

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