Makerere University students today morning went on strike demanding university management to scrap a policy requiring students to pay tuition in the first six weeks of the semester.
University management and students leaders had last week agreed to extend the deadline for tuition payment and registration for one month of October. However the students want the policy scrapped for good.
“University management has received your petition requesting for the extension of the deadline for payment of tuition and registration for semester one academic year 2015/2015. Management notes that there was problem with the registration system which has affected timely payment of fees and registration,” the letter signed by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on October 2 reads.
“Management has there agreed to extend deadline for fees payment and registration by one month with effect from October 5th which is the end of sixth week of the semester.”
Guild President “lynched”
Irate students wanted to lynch the guild president for failure to join the strike. H.E Bala David Bwiruka who had turned up to calm students found himself grasped by the angry mob at around 10:00am in the freedom square.
He was saved by Police. The guild president brokered the deadline extension deal.
Students looted boxes of water from a car parked near the Guild Canteen.
Management and students’ leaders are locked in a meeting to forge a way forward.