According to Kasadakawo, they were tipped off that the three schools were conducting normal lessons despite the closure of schools. He explains that the act of teaching pupils during lockdown amounts to disobedience of the directives issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports.
The teachers had been informed that they were to sign for a transport refund of 30,000 Shillings each. They stormed out of the training hall at around 12:30 pm demanding their facilitators to either increase the transport costs or cancel the training.
Sumaya Nakanda, one of the affected students, says she has failed to upgrade using the academic documents from Busoga university due to lack of approved registration numbers, which can only be availed after acquiring her transcript.
Muyingo says that a team of officials from the National Council for Higher Education and auditors have been dispatched to the university to expedite the process of enabling it to become a public university by the end of the year.
Prof. David Lameck Kibiyo, the vice Chancellor Busoga University has dismissed all the allegations leveled against him and his team, saying they are baseless and aimed at frustrating his plans to improve the university.
While the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE has left the minimum qualification for a lecturer open, it is agreed by most Ugandan universities that possession of a Masters Degree is mandatory. Several universities have set the minimum at PhD level.
In a letter signed by Thomas Mayende, the interim chairman, Busoga University Teaching Staff, the lecturers accuse Professor Kibikyo of diverting university funds to his personal use and authorising payment to strangers who were not appointed by the university council.
Traffic along the highway was paralyzed for over three hours as the students erected barricades and burnt car tyres in the middle of the road. Businesses in the neighborhood were also closed as owners evaded the wrath of the angry students who were engaged in running battles with anti-riot police.
The students claim that they each paid Ugx 180,000 instead of the official Ugx 70,000 as required by the Uganda National Examinations Board early this year. They were however shocked to be abandoned at Town View Secondary school in Iganga, by the school director on Friday, the official briefing day for candidates.
Our reporter at the scene adds that the entire building which was constructed in the early 1960s collapsed as a result of the fire outbreak. Properties which include Mattresses, boxes, clothes, beds and other valuables were all destroyed in the tragedy, he adds.