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Students leaders blame Gulu university rot on Museveni

(L-R) Gulu University students leaders Edward Owacgiu, Simon Kakuru, Saddick Ssentongo, the guild prime minister and Joseph Okidi, the guild president, during the press conference in Gulu town on Wednesday. Photo by David Okema.

GULU–The Gulu University guild leadership has blamed President Museveni for the rot at the University, adding that the President placed the university in the hands of what the students leaders described as thugs.

The blame follows the suspension of the end of semester exams and ordering of students to leave the university by the Vice Chancellor, Prof jack Nyeko Pen Mogi, on Tuesday.

While speaking to journalists in Gulu town today, Wednesday, Guild prime minister Saddick Ssentongo, accused President Museveni of neglecting the university by allowing the acting Vice chancellor, Prof Jack Nyeko Pen Mogi, to occupy office illegally.

Ssentongo appealed to the President to appoint a new vice chancellor to salvage the region’s prestigious university.
The institution’s prime minister attributed the dwindling number of students to poor management.

He said the university has been operating without internet for students, toilets and that the students have not registered for the 2017/18 academic year.

Joseph Okidi, the Gulu University guild president, noted that since August this year, the guild cabinet has been operating without finances yet students paid the guild fees.

He said he endorsed a total Shs150 million guild collection fee but noted that the money has never been returned to finance students activities.

The guild president said it is right for the GUASA to lay down their tools because they feed on their gratuities which is collected from students’ payment for services at the university.

The student leaders vowed to sue the university for mismanaging students’ funds.

In a press release, the student leaders said; “We are disgruntled by the way the Vice Chancellor, University Secretary, Bursar, and dean of students are running our University. Therefore, we demand for information and explanation from University secretary, Bursar, Dean of students about the where-abouts of the money for academic staff and guild student collection fee as per guild constitution article 65(a).”

Deputy guild speaker Edward Emmy Owacgiu upheld the GUASA demand to expedite forensic audit of the financial flow at Gulu University so that the institution is saved from collapse.

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