Parliament to Summon Police, MUK Bosses over Strike

The chairman Parliamentary committee on Education and sports who doubles as Kalungu west MP Joseph Ssewungu has said, parliament is considering summoning Makerere University officials to elaborate more onto the 100% tuition policy that has since caused unrest at the institution.


He said they will also call Police to explain the brutality meted out against students in the previous strike.

Ssewungu who had rushed at the institution last week following the strike said, he did not like what he saw at the institution.

“The brutality that police is using onto students is not good. How can you injure a student when others are seeing? This will instead add salt and evoke other students to react harshly,” Ssewungu reportedly said.

“The education committee will summon the university officials over these matters (100% tuition policy), as well as police to explain themselves,” he added.

Makerere University students last week went on a two day strike protesting the new fees policy that requires them to have paid all fees by the end of 6th week of the semester.

Students have since maintained that the policy be scrapped off, despite the university extending it to the 12th week for only this academic semester.

Over Forty students were arrested following the strike, but were later released on orders of the IGP a waiting to face the university disciplinary affairs committee.


On the issue of the arrests, Rita Namisango, the University spokesperson, said the students who were caught in criminal acts would face the disciplinary affairs committee.

“Investigations will be undertaken following the gazetted Makerere University Rules and Regulations and the laws of Uganda, “said Namisango

“The suspects will appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Affairs

Committee, and depending on the interaction and investigation, the

Committee will recommend to the Vice Chancellor and Makerere University Council the disciplinary measures to be taken,” she added.

Passed in 2006 by the University Council, the policy requires private students to pay all their fees by the sixth week of the semester.

However this policy has never been implemented. Attempts by the university to do so have resulted in widespread outrage from a section of the students.

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