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Remaining Makerere Students Allocated Two Halls

Some of Makerere University students, who have remained at the campus after its closure on Thursday, have been allocated two halls of residence.
Some of Makerere University students, who have remained at the campus after its closure on Thursday, have been allocated two halls of residence.

 

The university council chairman, Dr Charles Wana Etyem closed the 89-year-old institution on Thursday morning after failing to convince lecturers to call off a two week sit-down strike. The lecturers are demanding a 100% salary increment as well as payment of the staff pension money amounting to 16 billion shillings being held by National Insurance Corporation.

 

Dr Etyem asked students, who had reported on August 13th for the new academic year, to leave the university with immediate effect. He however exempted international students, students with disabilities as well as those from the college of health sciences, whom he said would be accommodated at the university.

 

Uganda Radio Network reporter at Makerere says the students have already been allocated Africa and Livingstone in the meantime as the university explores options of having it reopened.

 

Dr. Cyriako Kabagambe, the university dean of students told URN reporter that the students would be housed in the halls until the university reopens. Dr Kabagambe however sounded unsure about when Uganda’s oldest university would be reopened.

 

Other residential halls at the university such as Nkrumah, Mary Stuart, Lumumba, Nsibirwa and University Hall are all deserted. A few students were seen in the gardens outside some of the halls with their belongings waiting for transport means. One of the students, Diana Mbabazi said she was waiting for her parents to pick her.

 

There is still police deployment at the University’s Freedom Square where students wanted to gather and demonstrate on Thursday after learning of the closure.

 

Dr. Tikodori Togboa, deputy vice chancellor told URN reporter that the university council is holding another meeting later on Friday. Rita Namisango, the university spokesperson declined to comment on the contents of the said meeting.

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