The Makerere University Management is set to meet with the student leaders on Monday to discuss a common ground in the wake of an impasse that arose from a students’ strike that began last week.
In a letter dated October 27, Umar Kakumba, the Acting Vice Chancellor invited the Guild President, Kateregga Julius to a meeting scheduled for Monday at 2pm.
“Following the students unrest that disrupted teaching and learning in a few Colleges between Tuesday 22nd October 2019 and Friday 25th October 2019, this is to invite you and the Guild Representative Council for an interface with the University Management on Monday 28th October 2019 at 2pm in the Senior Common Room, Main Building,” the letter reads partly.
In response, the Guild President applauded the decision by the university Management to dialogue with the students. He however demanded that prior to Monday’s engagement, the Management rescinds the suspension of some of the students that were part of last week’s demonstration.
Kateregga says rescinding the decision would be a show of commitment to the dialogue process.
He further demanded for the revocation of all warning letters to the students in regards to the peaceful demonstration.
The Guild President has also demanded that the meeting does not constitute Murangira Gordon and Prof Hisaali Erias, although he could not state why.
The other demand, as part of the terms set by the Guild President prior to meeting with Management is for the University Council to be part of the meeting since it is the highest policy making body of the university and responsible for degazetting the tuition increment policy.
Violence broke out at Uganda’s oldest and highest institution of learning on Wednesday last week following a strike that began on Tuesday.
A group of female students leading the demonstration who were marching to present a petition (protesting the fees hike) to the Office of the President when Military Police personnel blocked them at the university’s main gate.
Several students were arrested by Police during the course of the strike.
Students are protesting the 15 percent cumulative increment in tuition fees.
The Guild President and the Guild Speaker were among the dozens of students that were arrested by Police.
In a statement issued last week, the university warned students against what it called hooliganism.
“For two days, a group of Makerere students has been leading mini demonstrations on campus, claiming they are protesting against non-existent fees increment. Apparently strategizing and positioning themselves for the next Guild elections, ” the statement reads in part.
“Management wishes to warn all those errant students that a return to hooliganism at Makerere will not be tolerated and they should concentrate on their studies”.
The Management refuted the claim by students regarding an increment in tuition fees.
“Every student joins the University with a Fees structure and continues with that Fees structure until they complete, ” the university said.