Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has no powers to close a public university, renowned lawyer Andrew Karamagi has said.
President Museveni last week closed Makerere University indefinitely and ordered students to vacate the institution in less than six hours following a series of strikes from both the students and lecturers who were demanding payment for their incentive arrears.
However, Karamagi says the law only gives president supervisory powers over public institutions.
“Museveni doesn’t trust the administration at Makerere. He doesn’t trust the education minister (Janet Kataha Museveni) who happens to be his wife. Makerere has been reduced to camps; pro-Museveni, neutral and anti-Museveni,” he says.
According to him, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime is not concerned about issues that matter but about longevity.
“Current political situation is about envelops and tokens. We are being sacrificed on the altar of patronage. Museveni has the tenacity to fork out Shs200 billion for Crane Bank, a criminal institution, but has no money for Makerere?” he wondered.
He was speaking on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze on Friday.
He added: ”Doctors are complaining, police is asking citizens for fuel. Makerere is one of the symptoms of a failed state. How much more are we waiting to see before concluding we have a failed state?” he asked.
He further noted that the elite system built over the limitation of power among the same people is out of touch with ordinary citizens.
“The economic model doesn’t support democratic governance & the idea of a state is obsolete and is being challenged,” he added.