Makerere Sued Over Student’s Death

David Ojok was lynched at Makerere University's Nkurumah Hall

Makerere University has been dragged to High Court by the family of former student David Ojok, health  who was lynched at the University’s Nkrumah Hall. The family is seeking Shs. 2.5 billion in compensation.

Maxson Okidi and Annet Aketch together with their 3 children have sued the University accusing it of negligence and breach of its statutory duty which resulted in the death of their Ojok.

The family claims that Ojok before his death was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, intolerable pain, suffering, and eventual death which took then through emotional distress.

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They say that the University should be held liable since it allegedly failed to install adequate security gadgets and personnel to deter the crime.

In April 2015, Ojok was beaten to death by a group of students after they suspected him to be a thief.

The University is also faulted for failing   to put in place measures like crime prevention, sensitizations as well as security awareness programs to discourage its students from mob justice.

The family also wants the university to rename Nkrumah Hall to Ojok Hall in memory of the deceased, as a lasting reminder of the dangers of mob justice and an indicator that the University is committed to stamp out the vice.

Alternatively, they want a monument to be built at the hall in memory of Ojok.

Deputy court registrar Alex Ajiji has given Makerere University 15 days to file its defense.

Late last year Buganda road court committed three students accused of murdering Ojok to High court for trial.

The The trio, now on remand pending the fixing of their case in High Court are Ivan Mutungi, Marvin Atukwase and  Derrick Wagooli.



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