Education

Makerere students sue Museveni over university closure

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Makerere students have sued Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni over closure of te university.
The six fourth year students claim president Museveni’s closure of the institution on November 1 was illegal.

The students also dragged the institution on grounds that it acted unlawfully and unjustifiably when it operationalised Museveni’s directive following a strike by lecturers over incentive arrears thereby failing to assert and safeguard its autonomy.

The students; Sam Ssekyewa, Moses Mushime, Francis Kibombo, Cissy Nabatanzi, Emmanuel Kanyesigye and John Robert Turyakira sued Museveni as ‘the visitor of the University’. 

The Attorney General, who acts as government’s legal representative is sued as third party.
Ssekyewa in his supporting statement on behalf of the other students, said that pursuant to the president’s order that was widely shared on social media, they were forcefully evicted from their halls and hostels of residence and given an ultimatum of up to 9am on November 2, to vacate the premises.

They accuse the president of unlawfully bypassing the university council, which is the supreme organ of the university and the Ministry of Education and Sports, to issue the directive.

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