Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Dumba Ssentamu has today revoked his earlier decision of suspending 15 students who went one strike last week protesting over food and destroying property at the University.
Dumba had yesterday written a letter suspending the students from all university activities until their case is heard by the University’s disciplinary committee.
“You are burred from attending all university activities including lectures, doing tests and course works and any other non academic activities of Makerere. You have have until 5pm (Tuesday) to vacate the University premises,” the letter signed Dumba that also circulated on social media read in part.
However, in what seems a change of the decision after tensions build up at the University today with students threatening to go on strike over the suspension of their colleagues faulting the administration of being arbitrary and unfair.
As tensions mounted, Prof .Ddumba Sentamu held a meeting with student leaders to resolve the standoff. The meeting was attended by among others, the Dean of Students Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah, Frank Mwesigwa the commander Kampala Metropolitan Police and Makerere Chief Security Officer SP Mucunguzi Jackson.
Dumba had accused the students who had been suspended for the destruction of the institution’s property during a food strike in Mary Stuart and University dining halls on October 19th.
He said the 15 led a group of students from Complex hall, Lumumba hall, and Mary Stuart in a protest against what they termed as ‘poor quality meals’.
Ddumba says the students including Lumumba the Chairman hall, Gerald Kammanah, Fahad Ndugwa, Joseph Mugume and Solomon Taremwa among others raided Finland bar and restaurant services, which was contracted to provide them meals which is against the University rules and regulations.