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Makerere banishes three students from university over plotting defiance

Vice-chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe says the students took part in an illegal demo and plotted to cause anarchy

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MAKERERE | Three Makerere students have been suspended indefinitely and banished from appearing anywhere near the university installations until the suspension is lifted.

In an August 6 suspension letter, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the university vice-chancellor, said Dhabona Jobs, Daniel Kituno and Samuel Kigula had breached university rules and regulations by threatening to disrupt activities at the university over tuition increment despite several warnings.

“It has come to my attention that you are involved in acts that are intended to cause anarchy at the university,” Prof Nawangwe said in the letter addressed to the trio separately.

“Among other illegal acts, you have circulated inflammatory messages on social media calling for defiance and disruption of university activities.”

Prof Nawangwe said Kituno, from the College of Education, Dhabona, from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Kigula, from the College of Health Science, have been circulating messages calling for defiance against the university management.

He said the students also participated in an illegal demonstration on Sunday, during which they disrupted the Guild Representative Council session, posing danger to the lives of participants and damaging university property.

“Your said illegal actions are in breach of the university policies and national policies and give rise to both criminal and civil liability on your part, despite several engagements, you refused to take heed,” he said.

Nawangwe directed the university chief security officer to commence criminal proceedings against the suspended students and ensure that they vacate university premises immediately and never show face anywhere near university installations until the ban was lifted.

He said the university would accord a meeting to the banished students at a date that will be communicated to them individually but did not delve much into what the said meeting would be about since disciplinary action has already been taken on the students.

In suspending the three students and banishing them from accessing the university, the vice-chancellor said the university was enforcing safety and security of members of the university community and property as well provide serene environment for peaceful activities of the university.

It is understood the suspended students were protesting the fees increment that takes effect this academic year. Makerere University earlier in the year increased fees by 15% effective 2018/19 academic year, leading to protests and protracted negotiations with the students guild.


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