Information obtained by URN shows that the students started rioting after midnight in protest of a ban on mobile phones and the suspension of casual wear in the precincts of the school. They reportedly smashed the glass panes in the dormitories and classrooms compelling the administration to call for police intervention.
According to the students, their pleas to the top school authorities have not yielded any results, which left them with no option but to strike. “We cannot continue to be fed on rotten beans yet our parents are paying a lot of school fees but the school management does not want to listen to our issues”, said one of the students.
Association president Dr Samuel Oledo said doctors will receive their enhanced salary of Shs5million in July when the new financial year starts. He says the government has also committed to consider getting them duty free vehicles and that it is now putting together members of the taskforce to handle issues of compensation. He says if government repeats the same tricks this time, they will without notice go back to industrial action on the 1st of May 2022.
They also accuse the administration of maintaining medical, field placement, utilities, and computer Maintenance and internet fees yet they plan to close by the end of this month and send the students home to embrace to continue with online studies.
Mary Kisakye, a second-year student of Computer studies wonders how the university will run the exams without lecturers. Kisakye is also worried about getting last-minute pressure to accomplish course works and do exams at the same time in case lecturers decided to resume teaching.
While presiding over the matter, the head of the Industrial Court, Justice Asaph Ruhinda Ntegye and a panel of five judges explained to court that they were not ready with the judgement because Makerere University had delayed to submit its defense on time.
Dr. Kamunyu vowed in an interview with URN never to cede to dishonesty as he returns to Makerere University, saying that academic freedoms and freedoms of expression that he was fighting for remain cardinal to him.
The university has been the theatre of violence and the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies, as students challenged a 15 per cent cumulative increment on tuition and functional fees. The increment, which started this academic year, will affect all first-year students, for the next five years.
Those issued warning letters include the Gender and Ethics & Integrity guild Minister, Marion Kirabo, who is also a fourth year student of Bachelor of Laws. Judith Nalukwago a Bachelor of Dental Surgery who is also the Vice Guild President has also been warned.
More than 1800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen, staged a strike on Tuesday last week, protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college.
On Tuesday, over 1,800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen staged a strike protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college.