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Makerere In Crisis: Students To Drag Guild Council To Court Over 15% Fees Increment

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Two Makerere University students have threatened to drag their student body to court over the un resolved 15% Tuition Increment. In a telephone Interview with the Grapevine this evening, Mr. Oboi Johnson, a second year student of International Relations, said that the resolution to implement the 15% tuition increment didn’t follow the right procedures.

“Over 18 students were suspended over this issue and have even returned with nothing clarified over this issue,” Oboi said. They go on to say that the issue of increasing tuition was not on the Order Paper but the Guild Speaker later reported on it as part of the Council Resolutions.

“We shall petition the Guild Council, first in the Guild Tribunal, this Friday, but tomorrow, we are first going to have a Press conference at the Law School at 10am,” Oboi said.

The lead petitioner in this case is Mukiisa John, a 3rd year law student at the same university. Mr. Oboi said that instead of always using violent means to resolve matters that affect them as students, they have resorted to using the justice path so that the law can guide them accordingly. Mr. Oboi said that they are dragging the Guild Council to the High Court becasue they mislead the University Council over the 15% Tuition Policy without the students consent, a constituent from which the the Guild Council derives its powers.

 

By Remmy  Atugonza

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We Shall Challenge This Stupidity, Sacked Makerere Dons Threaten Legal Action Against Makerere University

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi

Sacked Makerere University lecturers have threaten to take legal action against the University days after they were terminated, The Grapevine has learnt.

32 members of the staff who were affected vowed to challenge the institution in courts of law with many claiming that this was a malice, unjust and irregular for the institution to take such an impactful decision without necessary precautions.

In a joint statement from Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) , Makerere University Administration Staff Association (MASA) and the National Union of Education Institutions (NUEI), the decision to terminate staff is an act of provocation intended to annoy us and threaten them into submission to bad management and clandestine practices that have now become a norm. “We are distressed by such a decision well aware that the list is a tactical mixture of what seem to be genuine cases and violations of basic rights of Staff,” the statement reads in part.

The associations called upon all affected staff to remain calm and use the festive season to prepare for appeals. “We have scheduled an interaction with the 47 affected staff on 2/01/2019 in order to understand the cases and advise accordingly. The interaction will be at the Senior Staff Club from 10am,” the statement continued.

These also want the University tribunal to get involved in the matter. “We want the tribunal to sit and listen to these people. This should not be happening in a fair and progressing institution, this should not be happening to them,” Mr. Bernard Mwavu, MUASA Vice Chairperson said.

Stella Nyanzi’s lawyer, Isaac Ssemakade said his client would definitely challenge this decision. “I urge every other affected member of this list, to take appropriate measures to challenge this stupidity,” he said.

According to Ssemakade, there was no meeting convened to conduct a trial on such allegations.

“Makerere University has maliciously taken this step, it is in contempt of court and court processes and I am sure the High Court will have to deal with this,” Ssemakade said.

However, Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Barnabas Nawangwe insisted that everyone was contacted and given enough time to appear before the board. “Everything which could be done was done, all efforts and options were exhausted,” Nawangwe added.

By Remmy Atugonza

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Kyambogo University Graduation Ends Today

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Kyambogo graduads pose for a photo

The Kyambogo University is slated to graduate the last batch of students at the main campus in Nakawa division Kampala district with the graduation which started on Wednesday ending today with students from faculty of education, science and engineering slated to graduate.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Eli Katunguka said that the transcripts and certificates for students are ready and students can start picking them starting next week and he also said that only those who have cleared their dues with the university are the only ones who will receive their papers.

The three days celebration has seen the university graduate over 8,000 students from various disciplines. Kyambogo University is today slated to graduate the last batch of students from the university campus in Nakawa division.

The three day graduation ceremony will see over 8,000 students graduate from various programs. With the Prof Katunguka explaining that the number of graduads increased from 7,000 to 8000 due to the addendum list and university has graduated 500 students with first class degrees with majority of them coming from vocational studies.

By Remmy Atugonza

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Stop Living Recklessly – Otafiire Warns Youths

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The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs General Kahinda Otafiire has warned the youth to stop leaving recklessly and involving themselves in unproductive activities which may take their lives.

While presiding over as the chief guest at the ninth graduation of Kampala International University, where 3718 students graduated in various disciplines, Otafiire said, “Why do you risky your lives, you will die and you will be forgotten, mind about your lives, don’t get involved in unproductive activities which may lead you to losing your lives,” Otafiire warned.

The Minister applauded Kampala International University for having the best teaching hospital in Uganda which is located in Ishaka and being the fourth in East Africa according to a survey carried out by the ministry of health recently.

Otafiire said that this university is going to help increase the number of professional health workers in the country.

He also launched the Kampala International University law clinic which will provide opportunities for the less privileged Ugandans who want to acquire justice in the courts of law as well as help students to become practical as they acquire real training from the clinic.

In his speech, the vice Chancellor of Kampala International University Mohammed Mpezamihingo urged graduates to always make them proud in the area of their fields and to keep the flag high especially the 36 students who obtained the first class in the different disciplines.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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