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Makerere suspends more students for staging demonstration, breaching university rules

Police rough up some of the students arrested in the Monday, September 10 protests against the new university tuition policies (PML Daily PHOTO)

MAKERERE – Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor has indefinitely suspended three more students for engaging in disruptive activities and breaching University Students Regulations

Mr. Bwambale Frank Gideon of Bachelor of Journalism and Communication and the editor Makererean Newspaper, Mr David Musiri from the School of Lifelong Learning and Mr. Johnson Emmanuel Obbo of College of Education and External studies who is also a former guild candidate have been suspended for masterminding strikes and ordered to vacate university premises immediately.

“It has come to my attention that you are involved in acts that are intended to cause anarchy at the university,” Prof Nawangwe wrote adding that “I hereby suspend you from Makerere University with immediate effect and until further notice.”

In letters seen by PML Daily, issued Monday, September 10, Prof Nawangwe said they have been suspended to ensure safety and security of members of the University community and property, as well as peaceful activities of the university.

“In order to ensure safety and security of members of the university community, property as well as a conducive teaching and learning environment, I hear by suspend you from the university with immediate effect and further notice,” the VC wrote.

Prof Nawangwe added that the “you will be invited for further discussion on this matter on a date to be communicated to you in due course by the university disciplinary committee.”

The duo is accused of among others, authoring inflammatory messages on social media, calling for defiance and disruption of university activities.

One of the suspension latter to Mr Bwambale, Prof Nawangwe noted, “I have received a report that you are alleged to be authoring several anonymous messages on social media platform as ‘Young Thug’ with the aim of hurting both the university image, bringing university management and fellow students leaders of the 84th students guild council (with whom you serve as GRC member) into dispute. These actions are in breach of university policies and other national laws and give rise to both criminal and civil liability on your part.”

According to Prof Nawangwe, the said illegal actions are in breach of the University policies and National laws that give birth to both criminal and civil liberties of which the suspended are part.

In August this year, the university also suspended Mr. Jobs Dhabona of School of Psychology, Mr. Daniel Kituno, Bachelor of Commerce External and Mr. Samuel Kigula of School of Medicine over the same.

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