Court has allowed a student to milk Shs30m in damages from an institution that is already crawling on its knees curtsey of a heavy financial burden.
The Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court ordered Makerere University to pay Shs30m to Samiiha Nalwooga, a 4th year student of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, who accuses her lecturers of refusing to release her results for close to two years now.
Magistrate Esther Nasambu in her ruling this week condemned Makerere’s conduct saying there was no justification for withholding Nalwooga’s results.
Nasambu then issued an injunction restraining Makerere from continuing to conceal the results from the student or treating her like a blacklisted student.
She then awarded Nalwooga Shs20m for breach of contract for four semesters, Shs5m as exemplary damages for violation of the applicant’s rights and insubordination by her College’s Academic Registrar and another Shs5m in exemplary damages.
She ordered the university to release the student’s results within one week from the date of the ruling, and also pay the costs Nalwooga has incurred in legal fees.
This comes at a time lecturers are also striking demanding payment of arrears amounting to Shs32bn.
In a moving appeal to government, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu said the university has no money to pay the staff.