MAKERERE – Makerere University’s 85th Guild President H.E Julius Kateregga and other student leaders have on Monday 17, June, issued an ultimatum to the University’s administration to release the students’ allowances before they spark off a strike.
The stipend covers internship, school practice and recess term allowances that students ought to benefit from.
Students have promised to strike on Tuesday, June 18, saying that “it’s the language they understand better.”
While addressing journalists at a press conference held at the Guild offices today, H.E Kateregga said that many students at Makerere are still stranded in their halls of residence due to lack of means for travelling to different places where they were placed for internship training.
Kateregga adds on saying that besides the University’s failure to provide students with Internship allowances to go for field practice, students haven’t also received money to buy food for three weeks.
He has therefore promised that the students’ body is going to take action if the administration fails to work upon the issue by tomorrow.
“We shall not fast this time. We have given them time to work on these issues but they have failed and now we’re ready to take action, “H.E Kateregga said.
The Guild President and his cabinet have also alleged that the University administration didn’t consult students who were present while passing the 15% fees increment which they consider to be “an unfair policy.”
For this case, they have promised to take the University to court for levying a 15% cumulative tuition increment policy on students before consulting them.
Mr. Kateregga has also called upon students in all public Universities to oppose government’s proposal to let Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) collect tuition fees which the students suspect will be used to fund campaigns in the forthcoming general elections.