The Democratic Party has today, November 8, 2016, called upon parliament to put pressure on the President Yoweri Museveni to open Makerere University.
Addressing journalists at the party’s headquarters at City House in Kampala, the DP’s publicity secretary, Kenneth Paul Kakande said that they (DP) question the powers of the president to close the university yet it’s the parliament to do so.
“His role is to carry out supervisory roles among other activities according to the university and other tertiary institutions act” Kakande said
Adding ‘’ His action was a sign that he has not only failed as a president of Uganda but also in other minor capacities’’.
Kakande further said that almost 65 per cent of students at Makerere University are government sponsored so the responsible parties have failed to remit their fees in time hence leaving the university planning and management in impasse leading to the strike. He said the problem is not the students’ or the parents and so he demanded the immediate opening of the ‘great institution’.
He noted that tribal lines and sentiments should not be ruled out in the matter because the Vice Chancellor is an experienced manager with achievements as an economist at the college of Business and Management Sciences and therefore, the forces attacking him are targeting the individual on tribal grounds and not the competence.
He also argued the President Museveni to borrow a leaf from the campaigns in USA and learn lessons of the elections. He said Uganda as a democracy or alleged so, should pick a lesson
“There was no intimidation, teargas, no shooting, and no imprisonment”