MUK Students Strike Over Poor Quality Meals
By Serestino Tusingwire
Makerere university students who reside in Lumumba, Mary Stuart and Complex halls went on strike last evening protesting against poor quality meals served in their halls.
The angry students poured down all the food they had been served for supper before matching on University streets rioting.
Makerere University privatized meal service in 2014 arguing that feeding students was increasingly becoming expensive yet government had failed to increase the money it paid for feeding students.
Different private catering firms were therefore given opportunities, but since then student have continued complaining of wanting quality and quantity meals served in their halls of residence.
“When they were beginning, food was better, the quality has since deteriorated as the beans being served contain weevils,” said Lumumba hall chairperson, Gerald Wabugoya Kamanah.
He said the private meal providers are also rude when responding to students’ complaints.
Mary Stuart chairlady Barbara Nakwaggwa said that the quality and quantity of food is wanting.
The university’s chief security officer Jackson Mucunguzi who calmed the riotous students said the issue will be sorted soon.
At Mary Stuart, the Lumumba and Complex hall serving point, food is provided by Finaland and Bar Restaurant. The manager, however, could not be reached for comment.