Makerere suspends tuition deadline to end strike


Makerere students striking

Makerere University has suspended tuition payment deadline following three days of a violent strike.

The strike that kicked off on Monday, resumed on Tuesday night and entered Wednesday was protesting the 100% fees payment policy.

The policy was brought up early in March but students rejected it through a violent strike.

The administration scrapped it and shelved only to bring it up again seven months later.

Once again, students responded by staging another strike.

Makerere and neighbouring areas have been a centre for running battles, stone pelting, car tyre burning, tear gas, pepper spray and live bullets as police engaged students.

Over 40 students were arrested over the strike including the guild president, Bala Bwiruka, who was temporarily on Wednesday morning held at University Hall.

Government also went overboard and blamed Amama Mbabazi for fuelling and stage-managing the strike.

The development saw military police, crime preventers and the chief of police, Kale Kayihura, rush to the institution to calm tensions.

Council suspends fees payment deadline

According to the university public relations officer, Ritah Namisango, Kayihura this afternoon met student leaders and administrators to find a solution to the predicament.

Guild president, Bala, confirms that after the meeting with the IGP that took several hours, the administration has agreed to extend the deadline for fees payment.

“I am just from an emergency meeting between the IGP and the University administration,” Bala said.

“They have offered to suspend the tuition payment deadline until the 12th week, 2 weeks more than they had earlier extended it.”

Bala, however, warned that this is just a temporary measure.

“But the Chairperson of the University Council has promised that Council will consider making it a permanent policy.”

Kayihura then promised that all students arrested in connection with the strike will be unconditionally released.

The resolution reached in the evening is expected to end the tensions at the institution and restore normalcy.

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