Makerere students petition Janet Museveni over university closure


Makerere university students have petitioned the First lady and education minister Janet Kataha Museveni over the university closure by her husband President Yoweri Museveni.

President Museveni on November 1 closed the university following a sit down strike by lecturers over payment of incentive arrears amounting to Shs28 billion for eight months.

However, the students through their leaders state in their petition that the continued closure of the institution has affected their studies which negatively impacts on their future.

According to the students, it’s unfair for government to close the university since most of them had paid full or the required 60 percent tuition.

The First Lady on Thursday said she had received the petition and will study it.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), I received a petition from Makerere University Students’ leaders to reopen the university,” said Mrs Museveni.

The petition comes just a day after minister for higher education John Chysestom Muyingo told parliament that the university would remain closed for three more months until when the visiting committee appointed by president Museveni concludes its investigations into the issues affecting the largest and oldest public university.

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