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Junior Turyahikayo, another concerned student wonders why the university administration and the guild council have failed to organize a bazaar for them to socialize.
George William Okello, the Officer-in-Charge of Kabale University Police Post ordering demonstrating students to vacate

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Police have foiled a demonstration by students at Kabale University. The students tried to stage a demonstration on Wednesday morning to protest the sacking of Dr. Joseph Tindyebwa, the patron of Kabale University Human Rights Club.

Tindyebwa was reportedly relieved of his duties in 2017 after he petitioned the Inspectorate of Government to investigate the alleged mismanagement of contract transfers at the University when it was transiting from a private to public university.

In his petition, Tindyebwa asked the IGG to investigate the gross discrimination exhibited by the University administration where some staff were 'maliciously' excluded from the government payroll.

The students claim that Tindyebwa's sacking was unfair. They also accuse the University of failing to appoint another person to replace him as their patron. 

They also accuse the administration of among other things scrapping the local council one seat, failure to prioritise their welfare, organise the university Baazar for students to socialize and know each other and the failure by the guild council and administration to send condolence messages to the families that lose their children and their parents or guardians.

Ritah Ainembabazi, the President Kabale University Human Rights Club faults the university administration for failing to explain the circumstances surrounding Tindyebwa's sacking.

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Elias Niwaha, another concerned student, says the decision by the administration to scrap the local council one chairperson seat has severely affected students because they have nowhere to report their issues for redress. 

He accuses the University Guild President, Francis Rukundo Baale for conniving with the university administration to scrap the seat.

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Junior Turyahikayo, another concerned student wonders why the university administration and the guild council have failed to organize a bazaar for them to socialize.

He also faults the University for failing to send condolence messages or a representative to the funerals of Vivian Atukunda and Sister Apollonia Tushemereirwe who died early this year.

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However, a team of police officers led by George William Okello, the Officer-in-Charge of Kabale University Police Post intercepted the students and blocked them from submitting their petition to the office of the University Secretary and Guild President. 

Okello said the procession was illegal since the students didn't seek clearance from the Inspector General of Police.

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Judith Atukunda, the Communications Officer Kabale University declined to comment on the sacking of Dr. Joseph Tindyebwa, saying the matter is before court of law. She also declined to comment on other issues raised by the students.

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Francis Rukundo Baale, the Kabale University Guild President, dismissed most of the issues raised by the students as baseless. He however promised to address the issue of the Local council one chairperson.

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