Makerere University officials led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and the Chairperson of the University Council, Lorna Magara were Tuesday dismissed from the Parliament’s committee on Education for turning up to a meeting they were not invited to attend.
The team also included the University Council Vice Chairperson, Dan Kidega and Deputy University Secretary, Yusuf Kiranda.
The committee was scheduled to interface with the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni and her team. These were set to respond to the issues surrounding the ongoing unrest at Makerere University, pertaining to a 15% tuition fees hike.
The officials from Makerere noted that indeed they had been asked to accompany the Minister of State for Higher Education, John C. Muyingo who was standing in for Janet Museveni.
The explanation however was not considered by legislators on the House Committee who insisted that they needed to meet with the Ministry of Education officials separately to avoid any compromise in the submissions.
The committee members declined to continue with the meeting in the presence of officials from Makerere because they had not been invited asserting that it was the Ministry of Education officials who were supposed to appear today, Tuesday.
The chairperson of the committee Jacob Okoth ruled in the favor of the MPs and asked Makerere officials to vacate the meeting and wait for their turn on Wednesday.
The legislators further pushed for an explanation as to why the Minister of Education, Janet Museveni absconded the committee and instead chose to delegate.
In response, Minister Muyingo noted that the Ministry has a lot of activities and had already planned for the entire week. He said the various Minister had already distributed the set of activities amongst themselves.
“In the Ministry, we work as a team, Maama (Janet Museveni) is equally engaged in a very crucial meeting, she is meeting a delegation of donors,” Muyingo said.