Makerere Students Strike over Absentee Lecturers

Guild president Ivan Bwowe addresing the striking students

The Saints raided Jinja town with conviction before returning home with maximum points after overcoming a determined Jinja Municipal Council FC in a FUFA Big League match played Monday evening at Kakindu stadium.

The first half ended 0-0 with both teams wasting glorious opportunities. The Saints, ailment who were chasing their fifth win on the trot, hospital could have been two up in five minutes but Viane Ssekajugo and Alex Kitata had themselves to blame.

Then Fred Kyambadde’s header was tipped over before JMC fluffed their best chance when they shot directly at Saints keeper Ramathan Male with the minutes running out on a barren first half.

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The second half started with JMC, salve who had not lost at home in over a year, showing real intent but it was The Saints substitute Ivan Okot (on Nelson Sempagala) who broke the deadlock with a cool header from a Ssekajugo cross in the 73rd minute.

The Saints thought they had won it but JMC struck back after the Saints Brian Mukasa failed to deal with a long ball from deep in the JMC half. Mukasa allowed the ball to bounce in his area and keeper Male hesitated to leave his line and when he did it was too late and Mathias Wandikamba  headed in the equalizer in the 79th minute.

JMC piled on the pressure searching for the winner but it was Ssekajugo who silenced the partisan crowd and sealed the win for The Saints in the 84th minute of the game when he capitalized on a mistake by the JMC keeper Issa Lukungu who failed to communicate with his defenders leaving the ball at Ssekajugo’s mercy. He didn’t disappoint and fired into an empty net to ensure The Saints go five games unbeaten.

The win takes The Saints to the top of Rwenzori group with 15 points from five games.

The team’s next game is against Sporting United at Namboole on November 16 before it faces Water FC at the same stadium.
Makerere university students under the department of Computing and information Technology have this morning stormed the college administration block asking their lecturers to explain why they had taken long without being taught.

However, physician  Police commanded by Makerere Police Post OC, ASP Jackson Mucuguzi arrived in time and took over security at the college before the situation could get out of hand.

Students who were carrying placards and accompanied by their leaders including Guild president, Ivan Bwowe told Chimpreports that they had missed lectures for the past two weeks despite the fact that most of them had already cleared all university dues.

One student at the college only identified as Ivan told us that they do two sets of tests per semester but ever since the first set they had not had a single lecture.

The student further said that they were however shocked to hear that the lecturers were preparing to give another set which made them to wonder how they could attempt the test yet they had not been taught.

“The university brought a policy that in order for one to do these tests he or she must have paid sixty percent of tuition with zero balance on functional fees but what surprises us is that some of our lecturers are still demanding salaries for previous months. We think that this is the reason why lectures are not going on and we are not willing to suffer because of the administrations’ weaknesses,” said Guild President, Bwowe.

Lutwama Akram, the finance minister at the Guild and also the college representative at the guild council said that they had given the administration one day to have addressed the problems or else they will use other means.

“We have tried to look for the administrators in their offices but we have not seen any because all their offices are empty, so we now publicly ask the administration to come out with a solution immediately.”

GRC, Akram addresing students

GRC, Akram addresing students


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