Bishop Stuart University bans politics over Besigye  


Party Politics have been banned from Bishop Stuart University (BSU) in Mbarara district Western Uganda.

The university administrations says the institution was founded by the Church and should not engage in partisan politics.

Some of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity say most of them support opposition leader Kizza Besigye who is currently imprisoned at Luzira on treason charges.

“The administration has been threatening students not to discuss Besigye during political gatherings at the campus,” a student said.

It is believed the administration banned activities of political parties on “orders from above”.

During a swearing-in of the new students guild council at the weekend, university vice chancellor, Professor Mauda Kamatenesi, warned that politics was against the values of the institution.

“I stand to remind you again of the mission, vision and values of this university that include being non-partisan. You are all requested not to bring political party politics to this university as any such groups would violate what we stand for,” Kamatenesi is quoted by press as saying.

Kamatenesi said students were free to exercise their political beliefs outside the university campus.

Bernabas Nsengiuva, the outgoing guild president, told Daily Monitor that student leaders supported the university’s stance against political activity at campus as it prevented divisions and tensions.

“Most of the strikes in some of the high institutions of learning in the country are facilitated by parties, movements and divisions, and I think this is partly the reason our university has never had strikes since its inception,” Nsengiuva is quoted as saying.

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