In its ruling His Worship Precious Ngabirano –led Students Disciplinary Committee said there was no substance in the evidence adduced to warrant a student’s suspension in the first place.
ACQUITTED: Simon Ssenoga, a Makerere University student offering a Bachelor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee has acquitted
Simon Ssenoga and ordered for his immediate reinstatement. Ssenoga was
suspended by management following the recent student unrests and protests
against the fees policy.
Ssenoga who is offering a Bachelor of Industrial and Organizational
Psychology in the School of Psychology under the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences was cleared after the disciplinary committee established that the
student did not incite violence or destroy any university property.
Ssenoga, who was absent during Tuesday’s hearing but was represented by his
lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde was charged with inciting violence after he allegedly
circulated inflammatory messages on social media calling for defiance and
disruption of university activities contrary to students’ regulations.
The university presented as evidence a tweet, allegedly sent out by
Ssenoga through his twitter handle @SennogaKaaya on October 22, 2019.
“What is going on @MakerereU is really unfortunate, @ProfNawangwe get back this
University into your hands and out of @MurangiraGord hands and put him to order
because things are not any good,” says the tweet, presented by the university
management as evidence to convict a student for suspension.
However, in its ruling His Worship Precious Ngabirano –led Students
Disciplinary Committee said there was no substance in the evidence adduced to
warrant a student’s suspension in the first place.
“On looking at the charge and the file and the attached post, we are of
the view that this doesn’t reflect any incitement of violence and destruction
of property. We accordingly feel Ssenoga is not guilty. We order a lifting of
his suspension,” read the decision of the Students Disciplinary Committee.
Ssenoga now joins Siperia Mollie Saasiraabo, a female students’ leader and
Guild Representative Councillor (GRC) for the School of Psychology. Saasiraabo
is accused of leading a strike over the 15 percent tuition hike.
“I was just on my way and five minutes late for the DC [Disciplinary
Committee]. The decision by the DC is just the first step for my mission to
trim powers of Nawangwe to suspend students anyhow. It is a clear manifestation
that I as Ssenoga have a right to my opinion,” Ssenoga told URN in reaction to
He added that; “It is according to my reading of the situation that I can post
anything. I believe the rest of the students should take it from us that you
are free to speak your mind. Had the DC stayed my suspension, I was also ready
to pursue it all through in court. I am really grateful for the decision.”
Ssenoga says he plans to sue the institution and the Vice-Chancellor Professor
Barnabas Nawangwe in his individual capacity for causing him distress and
destabilizing him during his examination period.
According to Ssenoga, following his suspension, the university police issued
summons of criminal trespass citing he was found trespassing on the university