Eighteen students of Makerere have been cleared by the University disciplinary committee to resume their studies after a stint in Luzira prison and being suspended for organising a strike.
The students were accused hooliganism, alcohol-taking and destruction of university property during the February 18 violent strike at the university.
But in a communiqué to the students dated March 11, 2013, the Disciplinary Committee secretary Cyriaco Kabagambe advises the students to stay away from acts that may negatively impact on the standards of behaviour expected of them by the university. Kabagambe is also the University Dean of Students.
The 18 students include Javira Kugenyi, Jacob Eyeru, Peter Lowestain, Paul Kiggundu, Peter Sensalo, Lionel Muhwezi, Clinton Kanyali, Gloria Katushabe, Emmanuel Nyiro, Samuel Kanamuwanje, and Gordon Lule among others.
They are among the 21 students facing criminal charges before the Law Development Centre court for leading an unlawful society after being arrested by police from their halls of residence following the strike last month. They were remanded to Luzira Prisons but were later released on bail.
Jacob Eyeru, one of the students told URN that the disciplinary committee has chosen the right path. He says they were arrested illegally from their beds on trumped up charges for offences they did not commit.
Six other students were suspended two weeks ago and the disciplinary committee recommended their expulsion from the university. They were also accused of participating in the tuition policy strike that led to the destruction of university property.
Kabagambe told URN that any indisciplined cases were to be sorted out by the university.
The strike was engineered by students to protest the tuition policy that required private students to pay 100% of their tuition fees by the sixth week of the semester, or do only 60% of their course load after clearing 60% of the fees. The deadline for paying tuition has since been extended to March 22 to enable the students pay up.