Makerere Suspends 9 Students, Warns 26 Others for Destroying Property


Makerere University students during a protest (Courtesy photo)
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Nine students from Makerere University have been suspended for allegedly destroying University property, injuring fellow students and vandalizing property for businesses operating outside the university, during the ongoing strike against the tuition fees hike.

Some other 26 students have been issued a warning from the University Management over the same.

Of the nine students, five are from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, two from the College of Business and Management, and the other two from the College of Education, and College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Eight of them are male.

“In light of the recent student unrests and protests against the Fees Policy, Management has taken disciplinary action against some students,” the University posted on its website.

The affected students have been requested to collect their letters from the Office of the Dean of Students.

Those suspended are: Frank Bwambale, Saasiraabo Siperia, Rogers Mbajjo Ssebiraalo, Derrick Ojambo Wabwire, Musiri David, Kyeyune Ivan, Mutatina Seiz, Dhabona Job and Ssenoga Simon.

Details of those suspended and others who were warned have been published on the University website.

Management says it had taken decision to reprimand the students due to the fact that the said students destroyed University property, injured fellow students and property for businesses operating outside.

Students at Makerere have been on strike since Monday last week protesting the 15% increment in tuition fees which they say is unfair. Security personnel (Police and military) have been deployed at the campus since, and there have been reports of violence.

The disciplinary action comes a day after the Makerere University Council gave the Students Disciplinary Committee a two-week time frame to have concluded on the issue of the four students who were suspended by the University Management last week.

A group of students including females who led a protest against the tuition fees policy on Monday last week were arrested as they marched to deliver a petition to the Office of the President.

It later emerged that some of them were suspended while others were issued warning letters by the university Management.

 

The student leaders have since demanded that the suspension be rescinded and the warning letters revoked.

 

On Tuesday, the Makerere University Council also resolved that the suspended students be allowed to sit examinations in case the Students Disciplinary Committee has not concluded on their matters before examination period.

In addition, Council which is the highest decision making body of the university said that Management should provide mechanisms for the suspended students to undergo progressive assessments including tests and coursework assignments where applicable.

In the case of the 28 students who were issued warning letters by Management, Council has directed that appeals by affected students (those who wish to appeal the decision) be concluded within one week.   

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