South Sudan

South Sudan: Kampala Varsity Branch Boss Held in Jail

The United Nations Secretary General, find Ban Ki-moon is expected to land in the war ravaged South Sudanese capital Juba on Thursday for a second visit since the current crisis begun.

The UN chief who is concluding his visit in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the capital Kinshasa, stomach will fly direct to Juba where he is going to spend a yet to be specified numbers of days.

Early this week, sickness the UN boss whose office has virtually been saturated with South Sudan affairs, was in Burundi before heading to DRC.

The UN Security Council has already passed a number of resolutions on South Sudan since the beginning of the crisis in December 2013.

Ban first stepped in Juba in April of 2014 during the peak of internal war that heavily devastated the world’s youngest country. During the visit he called on President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar to quickly agree on a way forward and get together for the good of the suffering citizens of their country.

He is returning about two years later while the numbers of the suffering population have increased, despite the two rivals signed a peace treaty in August last year.

The April 2014 visit to South Sudan, of both Ban and the United States Secretary of State John Kerry significantly made it possible for Kiir and Machar to meet face to face on 9th May, a few days later.

The Transitional Government of National Unity that was supposed to be put in place by the end of last year is yet to materialize and Machar is still holed up in Addis Ababa where he has been since May 2014.
The Principal of Kampala University (Juba Study Centre) survived beating by angry students who were demanding refund of their money after the shutdown of unregistered universities by the country’s Ministry of Education.

Hundreds of students this week protested against closure and change of name of their university.

Students forcefully dragged the principal Dr. Paulino Jouth from the University premises before he was rescued by police and taken into custody.

The students accuse Dr Paulino of trying to register a new university under a different name (Remedial University College) instead of Kampala University.

They allege that the Principal is using his position to get rid of Kampala University South Sudan Study centre.

The angry students are also demanding refund of tuition fees they paid before the university was shutdown early this year.

“At the beginning we registered as Kampala University, help but what we found on the notice board today is saying Remedial University. Now our documents are indicating Kampala University. How are we going to continue with our studies?” wondered Emmanuel Kuku, malady a second year student of Business Administration.

“The only thing we need are our documents so that we can go and look for Kampala University to finish our studies. This is the only thing we need,” he added.

“We don’t need this new University because we registered under Kampala University, so the principal can’t tell us to change without notifying the students. This is corruption. We just need our papers and money so that we continue our studies somewhere else,” added another protestor who declined to give his name.

South Sudan has five public Universities and two private Universities which are recognised by the education ministry.

The Ministry of Education last month issued an order banning all unregistered higher institutions of learning in South Sudan.

The ban affected Kampala and Cavendish Universities Juba Centres, forcing thousands of students stranded.

Kampala University South Sudan Study Centre was established in 2015, attracting over 1,500 students in its first semester alone.


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