Makerere Students Petition Janet Over University Closure
By Serestino Tusingwire
Makerere University students led by their guild president Roy Ssemboga yesterday petitioned the Education and sports minister, also the first lady, Janet Museveni over the closure of their university.
Janet Museveni has confirmed the receipt of the petition from University students urging Government to re-open the university.
“I received a petition from Makerere University Students’ leaders to re-open the university. Closing the university was a difficult decision. It wasn’t meant to hurt the students but find a lasting solution to restore it to its glory,” the First Lady posted on social media.
The minister assured students that all their concerns will be considered and answers availed after consultations, but showed no hope of re-opening the university soon.
“We all want the best for Makerere. It’s been riddled with the culture of strikes and what we have always done is apply short-term solutions. We now need to get the actual root cause of the disturbances at Makerere for a lasting solution,” she added.
Makerere University was indefinitely closed at the beginning of this month by President Museveni following the lecturers strike over incentive arrears amounting to Shs28bn.
Museveni has since established a visitation committee chaired by Dr. Abel Rwendeire to probe the malaise at the university and it is expected to be done within a period of 3 months.