University Students disassociate themselves from PRA suspects saga
This follows the recent directive on 1st march, whereby students of Makerere University and other Universities in Uganda were urged and mobilized to desist attending lessons in boycott of the government disrespect to the rule of law.
Addressing journalist at Makerere University Guest house, speaker of the concerned students, Twahika Denis, said that the acts being instigated are politically motivated by students vowing for political benefits at the expenses of students future.
Karuhanga has been branded to have maneuvered the havoc without the consent of the University Guild Committee by continuing to mobilizing students of different universities not to attend class, to put government on tension and release the PRA suspects.
“Our concern is reading books and pursue studies, but anything out of that and undefined, totally gains no support from we the intellectuals of the nation,” said Twahika.
For the first time, University students have come together to desist any more strike on the ground that it yield no good apart from losing reputation of the University.
Earlier November 2006, Makerere University was closed for a period of one month after students join lecturers strike on demand for remunerations to 3.9 millions (3000 USD).
Chairman of the committee, Kiligwajo Richard, urged students to be calm and attend their lectures tomorrow-Monday.
“ Instigators are fighting a losing battle because no student is in support of the strike and the situation is calm and favorable, “ said Kiligwajo.
He added that there need to realize enemies coming as friends but ready to destroy the future of attaining academic credence.
Makerere University Academic affair Minister, Kyomuhanjo Annet, said that the battle is unidentified and the act usurp the power of the judiciary, which is handling the PRA suspect proceedings.
“Let the Guild President Karuhanga, apologize to student, because he over reacted to issue such a statement without consultation from the university students body,” said Kyomuhanjo.
She added that the last experiences of strikes led to the closure of the University, killing by police during riot, loss of property by University and business owners around the university, with the deteriorating University standard, which affect the students in turn.
The Guild official from Kyambogo University, Natumanya Heron, advised students understand that its not only through strike to put the wrong right, but diplomatic measures can be applied to achieve the set goals.
“There is need for a favorable environment in handling issues, know the sole purpose of being a university student, and Kyambogo has disassociated from any illegal act,” said Natumanya.
Students have been advised to desist from the instigated political motive, but adore for academic mandate rather than causing havoc to the nation.
Parents, Guardians, relatives and students are urged not to worry about the situation since the Vice Chancellor Livingstone Luboobi, and Dean of students John Ekudu, have taken the matters seriously, to ensure a favorable learning environment at the University.
The committee asked Universities and tertiary institutions students to desist from bad politics and ignore boycott of lectures to perfect academic excellence.
The committee including students of Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Kampala International University (KIU), and Uganda Christian University-Mukono (UCU) demands the guild leaders to come out objectively to address students concern and avoid instigating politically motivated violence among the students community.