Makerere University vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has written to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago over the conduct of Makerere LCV councillor, Doreen Nyanjura.
In a letter to Lukwago dated Friday, September 28, Nawangwe said Nyanjura should be counseled to desist from promoting hooliganism among Makerere University students.
"Your lordship, I wish to humbly request you to counsel Ms Nyanjura to desist from promoting hooliganism among our students," Nawangwe wrote.
Nawangwe says Nyanjura has been promoting strikes at the university, by openly encouraging disruptive behaviour and even funding students to strike.
"Ms Nyanjura has openly encouraged behaviour among our students, which is not compatible with a university of international repute such as Makerere. There are also allegations that she has funded students to engage in disruptive activities. I am sure that you agree with me that this is not acceptable behaviour in a university of our stature," he said.
Nyanjura, a firebrand Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaning councillor who honed her political activism while still studying at Makerere. She won the 2016 elections to represent Makerere University at KCCA because of her popularity among students.
Prof Nawangwe has in the past two months suspended over 10 students and sent warning letters to several students for engaging in strikes or mobilising other students to strike.
The students have been demanding university management to drop 15 per cent tuition increment introduced at the start last month. Nyanjura sits on the University Council, the highest decision making organ at Makerere.
Nyanjura says that Nawangwe has changed into an autocratic leader who is attempting to gag and silence all dissenting voices within the university. Nyanjura vowed that she will never be silenced by Nawangwe.
"I think Nawagwe's intention is to indirectly gag me after I denounced his autocratic administration that is characterized by the continuous suspension of students critical of the 15% tuition increment! I know he will fight me with all the tools at his disposal but I won't be silenced," she said.