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Mak Guild gives govt two days ‘to speak out on campus reopening’

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Makerere University Guild President Roy Ssembogga has tasked government to tell the students when the university is re-opening.

Speaking to journalists at Makerere, Ssembogga said they have made several requests to government in relation to the matter but all have gone unanswered.
He noted that it is not their fault that lecturers were not paid, saying as students they played their role of completing payment of tuition on time.
He gave government an ‘ultimatum’ of Wednesday to respond to their request ‘to avoid more damage’. He said among the planned activities is petitioning parliament in case they don’t get any response.

“International funding agencies like SIDA, JICA, Norwegian Cooperation and many others are likely to rescind their decision to fund Makerere because of the never-ending closures and standoffs at the Alma Mater of Africa,” Ssembogga argued.

Meanwhile, police has today afternoon been involved in running battles with Makerere University students who were protesting against the closure of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country.

Clad in their red undergraduate gowns, students holding placards reading “We want Makerere University Open’, attempted to put up a protest in the middle of Kampala city but police was quick to swing into action, arresting four people in the ensuing chaos.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, said the arrested include three students identified as Paul Kato, Ronald Ainebyona and Edmond Mugabi, and a hair dresser, who was arrested for allegedly joining them.

Last week President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of Makerere University after the students and their lecturers went on strike, protesting against non-teaching and non-payment of arrears incentives, respectively.

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