KAMPALA – Former intelligence operative Charles Rwomushana has slammed Uganda Christianity University (UCU) for exorbitantly charging students.
In a statement on social media, Rwomushana accused the Anglican church-run institution of stealing from the poor people.
He also equated UCU’s decision of charging high fares as ‘an absurdity’.
“It’s an absolute outrage because education is a right’ and that such actions mean that students from poorer backgrounds will shy away from higher education, to their and the country’s detriment.’
UCU is one of the institutions providing quality education to the students but the University often comes in news for charging exorbitant tuition fees.
Mr. Rwomushana claimed that the University is stealing from the poor people in the name of offering sound education, saying that it must be regulated.
“The private ones offering a sensitive public service like health, education, power, and telecommunication should be regulated,” he noted.
Former intelligence operative also claimed that he knows of a Reverend who almost sold his teeth to see his daughter through UCU.
“There is no Christianity in that institution,” he added claiming that the university is full of some wicked corrupt lot that Jesus Christ promised to deny.
Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda and Rwomushana, who is former Guild President at Makerere University on Monday clashed over the decision by students to protest against the 15% tuition fees increment policy and army’s involvement in the matter.
While appearing on NBS TV, Mr. Rwomushana wondered why Mr. Mwenda, whom he said was a beneficiary of government sponsorship, should oppose students and side with the state.
“Andrew Mwenda is a beneficiary of paid for education. The society must feed and educate children. Do students need to strike for you to know there is a problem? We’re discussing whether the idea of introducing tuition in public universities is needed. I come from a background where a peasant sells all his property to get their children in school. All the schools I’ve gone to are the church and community-funded schools. Parents take their children through school knowing the government will get them through university. If the state didn’t pay for Mwenda’s tuition, he’d be a hooligan in the village,” said.
In response, Mwenda said: “Every Ugandan should have all the things but if you can’t afford, you just can’t. People are assuming that there’s a limitless wallet from which we can throw money at anything. We just need to have a priority.