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In his October 26 letter to the University Bursar and the Kyambogo ICT Director, Okello said the university management agreed that continuing students in the School of Management and Entrepreneurship - SOME had agreed to pay the revised fees in the second semester.
A police officer engaging students at Kyambogo University on Monday. Heavy police and military deployment was visible at the institution on Monday

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Police and the Military have foiled a fresh strike by Kyambogo University students. The students had declared a "bloody Monday" today to protest a hike in the internship fees.

The students circulated a message in their WhatsApp groups calling on their colleague to join the strike, saying the management has maintained the surcharge and internship fee increment.

However, heavily armed police and military police deployed strategically in the university on Sunday evening in anticipation of the today's strike. 

By 11:00am this morning military police and police officers were seen patrolling different sections of the university. Business was going on normally on campus. Students could be seen in small groups discussing with police officers trying to justify their cause.

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Last week students rose up in arms against management for hiking internship fees from Shillings 100,000 to 250,000.  The heavy deployments were informed by growing tensions among students and management. 

The same tensions prompted the University Secretary Charles Okello to defer the payment of the new internship fees to semester II, January - May 2019. 

 

In his October 26 letter to the University Bursar and the Kyambogo ICT Director, Okello said the university management agreed that continuing students in the School of Management and Entrepreneurship - SOME had agreed to pay the revised fees in the second semester.

"To avoid any further misunderstanding and unrest as we approach the examination period, I am directing that you deactivate or void all the invoices for this contested internship fees until second semester," Okello said.

Adding that; "Affected students should be allowed to pay other dues as billed earlier. Students also rampaged claiming that the university had increased late registration fees from Shillings 50,000 to Shillings 100,000.

However, Okello clarified that the figure had been posted "in error" and that it was null and void directing the ICT directorate to clear it from the system with immediate effect. URN caught up with Brian Wamaniala, the Guild Speaker Kyambogo University at his office. He appealed to students to maintain calm and peace since the relevant offices were handling the matter. 

 

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Wamaniala says they have been dialoguing with the university management and appealed to students to use this period to prepare for their end of semester examinations commencing on November 19. 

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