Makerere University administrators last night agreed to suspend the contentious tuition policy, requiring students to pay 100% fees by end of sixth week.
The policy had bedevilled the institution with incessant strikes, as students demanded it should be scrapped off.
In a meeting attended by the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, University administrators and students’ leaders, Chairperson University Council Dr. Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem, agreed to suspend the tuition policy indefinitely as the university council reviews it.
Guild Information Minister Hon. Davidson Ndyabahika who attended the meeting said that management also agreed to extend deadline for tuition.
“It was on that same note that management understood our plea and tuition payment deadline has further been extended to the 12th Week,” he said.
However, “In case an individual student has a problem with tuition payment by that time, you are requested as we suggested and agreed to register your case with the Vice Chancellor’s office for consideration,” he added.
Kayihura ordered police to unconditionally release all students arrested in connection with the strike as long as they identify themselves as students.
“Despite all that happened, we have successfully requested the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura to release them and he has agreed,” Davidson said.
The students were released today morning at 6:30am. 53 students were arrested by end of yesterday including 3 girls.
The University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu said that all students apprehended as culprits have been suspended pending further investigation and disciplinary action, promising to publish the list on “all student notice boards, University Website and in the media.”