Prof Nawangwe argues that the suspension that runs until further notice is meant to ensure safety and security of members of the university community and property as well provide serene environment for peaceful activities of the university.
A long battle: Students striking against fee increase last year
Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has suspended three students for threatening to cause anarchy at the university as the new semester start.
They are Kituno Daniel, a student from the College of Education and External Studies, Dhabona Jobs from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Kigula Samuel from the College of Health Science.
In his August 6th letter addressed separately to each of the students, Prof Nawangwe, accuses them of circulating messages calling for defiance against the university management.
"It has come to my attention that you are involved in acts that are intended to cause anarchy at the university. Among other illegal acts, you have circulated inflammatory messages on social media calling for defiance and disruption of university activities," Prof Nawangwe said in the letters that carry similar wording.
He said the students also participated in an illegal demonstration on Sunday, during which they disrupted the Guild Representative Council (GRC) session, posing danger to the lives of participants and damaging university property.
Makerere University Vice Guild President, Fiona Kokoi told Uganda Radio Network that the students were protesting against 15 percent fees increment. The university management increased fee by 15 percent starting with the 2018/19 academic year.
"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.
Prof Nawangwe argues that the suspension that runs until "further notice" is meant to ensure safety and security of members of the university community and property as well provide serene environment for peaceful activities of the university.
Prof Nawangwe directed the University Chief Security Officer to commence criminal proceedings against the suspended students and ensure that they vacate university premises immediately.