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Makerere University fuelling hooliganism at Kyambogo - vice chancellor

Bobi Wine with impeached Kyambogo guild president Jonathan Tundu Tundulu

Bobi Wine with impeached Kyambogo guild president Jonathan Tundu Tundulu

Kyambogo University vice-chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka is accusing students from Makerere University and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) of stirring up violence at Kyambogo. Prof Katunguka says they have intelligence reports indicating that students from the two institutions are fueling violence against Kyambogo university management. 

There has been unrest at Kyambogo for the past two days leading to running battles between police, Local Defense Unit (LDU) and students pushing for the reinstatement of their guild president, Jonathan Tundulu. It all started the guild representative council (GRC) impeached Tundulu who was elected in March this year citing lack of leadership skills and disrespectful character. 

However, the students' fraternity accuses management of conniving with external forces to remove Tundulu who is allied to the ‘People Power’, a political pressure group led by the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. On Friday evening, police picked Tundulu and locked him up at Jinja Road police station on charges of inciting violence.   

Prof Katunguka explains that the students’ guild cabinet decided to impeach their president for allegedly concentrating on national politics and abandoning his responsibility towards students. URN has established that on the morning of September 25, Tundulu called a meeting of his cabinet but he didn’t show up. 

It is on the afternoon of the same day, that the GRC constituted and questioned the guild president for instituting an ‘illegal vetting committee” to assess the minister’s performance. Tundulu would later be impeached on October 2, 2019, by an overwhelming majority of 74 GRC members, six (6) abstained while 4 voted against the impeachment.

There were two invalid votes. According to Katunguka, immediately, after the vote of no confidence, Tundulu’s supporters rampaged destroying university property and disrupted lectures. The provisions for moving a vote of no confidence in the guild are provided for in Article 10 of the Kyambogo Guild constitution.

Katunguka has called for calm in the university. “While students continue to exercise their powers as contained in their guild constitution, I call upon all students to remain calm, concentrate on their studies and avoid all manner of hooliganism,” says Katunguka.  

He says those who want to cause trouble will not be allowed and that the police will be on the lookout to arrest anyone disrupting the peace of others. 

"I have been here since 2014 and we have had about 5 guild presidents. I have never interfered in guild elections. I don’t interfere with student affairs unless they come to me. And I was reading on social media that I was giving out Shs 10 million, Shs 5 million per person. I wish I had that money, I would have used it for something else more useful other than sponsoring students to impeach their president." said Katunguka.

According to Katunguka, Tundulu has appealed against his impeachment, saying the university management and council will now have to decide the fate of the students’ leadership.  

“The impeachment process is not yet completed because the president has appealed and he is allowed to appeal. And a provision in their constitution says that once the president is impeached, then fresh elections must be held. That’s the matter we shall discuss later because a fresh election requires about Shs 180 million which has not been budgeted for,” Katunguka added.

Katunguka says a small group of misguided youth is disrupting activities at the university. He contends that the group is bent on causing violence and disruption; 

“The challenge we have had with the current guild administration is that they have been unwilling to listen. I called them for a meeting to discuss their issues and they refused to come! If you can’t have a meeting with your vice chancellor to discuss your issues, how will they end?” he asked.       

A number of students interviewed said management was simply against their guild president who has refused to compromise on their demands to have the 12 weeks’ tuition policy rescinded. Tundulu on Friday said that he had severally written to the university management on the student grievances particularly the 12-weeks tuition policy in vain.

But Katunguka insists that he has no powers to rescind the policy, arguing that the students must pay fees to enable the university run effectively.

Comments

+1 #1 WADADA roger 2019-10-07 10:02
That could be true but i dont think the strike is in vain, there must be a cause that Kyambogo University Administration is not attending to.with honesty.
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0 #2 Lakwena 2019-10-07 12:11
In other words, if indeed it is Makerere University as an institution is the one fueling the hooliganism in Kyambogo; VC, Prof Katunguka is in fact saying in Latin that; the VC, Nawangwe of Makerere University is responsible for the hooliganism in Kyambogo.

Eish!
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0 #3 Akot 2019-10-07 18:39
WADADA roger, understood!

This is question of GOVERNANCE & the FUTURE for youths & unless the UNITE & come out in FULL Force to say NO to Museveni's soon 35 years rule that is assured of continuity, there will be no future for them!

Prof Eli Katunguka should be 1 of the first to know students in the entire zone have no future, so MUST organise, get together to call for UNITY of the entire zone, first & above all!

Ditcators, useless rulers are thrown out by the young who want a tomorrow for themselves & their kids!

Why don't educated Ugandans, especially professors, see that students are so frustrated because they see/know without change of governance, there is no future for them?

Just tribal leaders standing down/forced to & UNITY of ALL will ensure Museveni is OUT & Ugandans will go for what they want!
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0 #4 Akot 2019-10-07 18:55
Lakwena, thanks!

If even a professor doesn't see it's Museveni the cause of Ugandan problem, then how on earth will students get help, even to know what 'belonging to theri country' means?

Why do Ugandans fight themselves while the cause of their problems, 'Museveni', just rules since 1986?

Would Museveni be in State House & at peace, if he was from a tribal land in the zone?

Dr Besigye fought a lonely battle, mp Bobi Wine is doing the same, why?

Why can't Ugandans take chance & UNITE around mp Bobi Wine, if only to block & ensure Museveni is OUT, then go seperate ways tribally after?

How is it normal migrant Museveni tribalistically divided & rule a people who gave him shelter & allows no opposition to him?

Will another +30 years of Museveni finally wake Ugandans up?
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+1 #5 Lysol 2019-10-07 20:53
There is nothing as hooliganism. It's just another way of expressing oneself.

Only God can decide what is evil and good. Morality is a subjective matter and always defined by the society.

Mostly for political or financial gains and also to oppress the opposing views of others which one does not agree with of feel threaten.
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