Makerere University Students want guild president impeached over 15% tuition increment policy

Jonah Kirabo

Jonah Kirabo

, Education, News

A section of Makerere University students intend to impeach their guild president, Papa Were Salim saying the he has failed at his obligation to fight for the rights of a common student at the University.

A seven member student leaders committee led by guild president, Papa Were Salim after travelling across various Universities in the East African region to bench mark the implementation of tuition increment policies last week, suggested that Makerere increases its tuition for undergraduates by 15% starting with the Academic year 2018/19 something which raised mixed reactions among the students.

According to a letter dated July 8th, 2018 from the office of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Makerere University chapter, the students have requested the guild clerk to impeach with immediate effect, the guild president and also hold a vote of no confidence against the speaker.

” We totally challenge the manner in which the committee executed its exercise more so when it bench-marked in the University of Nairobi which is based in a more stronger economy than our own,” the letter reads in part.

The letter which was signed off by the FDC Makerere chapter president, Mugabe Edmand Kahiigi goes ahead to note that the committee didn’t meet the house prior to the submission of their report to the University council, something they find provocative to the constituents who mandated the house with legislatory powers.

” With the above mentioned being parties to the dissolved committee, we find their impeachment justifiable as students cannot find such to be competent for leadership and we as leaders shall collect signatures the guild’s impeachment while the house deals with the speaker,” The letter goes ahead to postulate.

Mugabe also went ahead to threaten that failure to do this democratically will incite other means to see the guild president and speaker out of positions of authority though he didn’t disclose what the plans are.

The Makerere University council has earlier today approved the 15% increment policy and its to be used starting with the 2018/19 academic year as communicated by Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.

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