MUK Students on Strike over The Suspension of fellow students
By Serestino Tusingwire
Makerere University students are currently on strike protesting against the University’s decision to suspend 15 of their colleagues over alleged theft and vandalization of property at Mary Stuart hall last week.
The students led by their guild leaders have attacked the Vice Chancellor Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, for suspending colleagues basing on biased evidence.
Ddumba suspended 15 students yesterday on grounds that they stole 200 forks, vandalized property, and poured cooked food in protest against the poor quality meals prepared at the University.
The guild president, Roy Ssemboga, said the students’ suspension was illegal, irrational, unjust and unconstitutional arguing that those suspended should have been given the right to a fair hearing.
However, the University’s Public Relations officer, Ritah Namisango maintains that the Vice Chancellor’s action is legal, adding that he has powers to suspend a student from the University or to discipline them in any manner he deems appropriate.
On the other hand, the students are also protesting against varsity academic staff’s suspension of teaching over their inducement arrears amounting to Shs46bn.