Management of Nkumba University has been dragged to court after its decision to suspend students on the Day program, in November last year.
Officials at the University in Entebbe took a decision to close down the institution on November 19th after students went on a violent strike to oppose its fees policy.
The University management had increased retake fees from Shs 100, 000 to 200, 000 and missed paper fees from Shs20, 000 to Shs100,000 for the Semester.
For three days the angry students were engaged in fierce battles with police, in which a lot of university property was damaged.
Students were directed to vacate the university hostels and other premises within two hours or suffer forced removal by police. They were also told to await further communication in the media regarding reopening of the university.
On 10 December 2014 the University published a notice of “Re-Opening of the University”. In this notice, the University imposed certain conditions and penalties on all students on the DAY Programme.
First, all Day students were directed to pay UGX 150,000 as a fine for damaging university property during the events of last November.
They were also asked to pay UGX 50,000 for re-admission by filing a notarized commitment form in which the student pledges to abide by university rules.
This has been deemed unfair and unlawful by a students’ body, Uganda National Students Association [UNSA].
The body has now opted to drag Nkumba University to court, seeking for the management to revisit their decision.
UNSA President Mr. Abubaker Matanda, told this website that they had procured Mr. Isaac Kimaze Ssemakadde of Centre for Legal Aid, to file legal proceedings that would put to a stop to the violation of students’ rights at Nkumba University and recover all monies so far collected by the university.
The case, he said is fixed for hearing before Justice Elizabeth Nahamya at Nakawa High Court tomorrow Wednesday, 21 January 2015.
According to the notice released by Nkumba University, all Day students are supposed to report to the university with their parents/guardians, plus passport photographs “for clearance” starting 19 January 2015. Anybody who doesn’t comply with these conditions will not be allowed back.
“Clearly, all students on the DAY Programme were penalized without receiving a fair hearing. “Collective guilt” is wrong. It is illegal. It is unconstitutional,” said President Matanda.
On December 9, 2014 the University also suspended Michael Amechu, Charles Beinomugisha, Henry Byansi, Simon Peter Esomu, Jonathan Kirumira, Isa Mubiru, Haruna Nsibuka, and Nixon Twesigye for a period of one semester.
Added Matanda; “The actions of Nkumba University have sent shockwaves to all students, parents and guardians. Many people have approached us, concerned that in Uganda a student’s right to fair hearing can be violated with impunity by an educational institution.”
“And yet if Nkumba University is not blocked from enforcing the decisions, conditions and penalties complained of, the owners and managers of the university stand to be unjustly enriched to the tune of over 1.6 billion shillings through their intentional violation of the National Constitution and University laws.”