By Jeff Andrew Lule & Michael Odeng
KAMPALA - Five students of Kyambogo University were Wednesday expelled for their role in a violent three-day strike that led to the destruction of several property at the campus.
They are: Nathan Okule, Abel Ochar, James Okech, Timothy Ainebyoona and Kenneth Nudebo.
The university alleges that the five were ring leaders of the chaos which was sparked off by sentiments regarding the public institution’s new tuition payment policy.
According to the new system, students are required to pay 100% of the functional and tuition fee within a period of six weeks.
The students are not happy with the new fees payment system. PHOTO/Tony Rujuta
The university’s public relations officer, Lawrence Madete said the students were indefinitely suspended but still had a chance to face the disciplinary committee.
The expelled students are said to have assaulted fellow students who did not want to take part in the strike, on top of inciting the violence.
Frustrated students started their strike on Monday this week.
While addressing journalists at the university on Wednesday, Madete said the students were arrested and are detained at Jinja Road Police Station pending further investigations.
The public institution has seen several other such episodes of students taking on the administration.
Exactly five months ago today, some Kyambogo University students put down their pens and went on strike protesting being blacklisted by the university administration for failure to pay tuition in the previous academic year.
Such is the kind of destruction the students' strikes have left in their wake. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya
Late 2012, students from the department of engineering striked over a leaked exam.
The faculty had asked all third-year students to re-sit an exam they had done the previous year, after it emerged that it had leaked to some of the students.
But the students rejected the proposal and suggested that the university punishes only those students involved.
Earlier in March the same year, police clashed with students during a strike inspired by students' fury over the university administration's failure to release faculty allowance for government sponsored students.
The students also claimed that the administration had delayed to release their examination results.
For their role in the March 2012 chaos, two students were consequently remanded to Luzira Prison after facing court with a dozen others.
Students make their way off the university campus after an announcement of the closure. PHOTO/Godfrey Kimono
In August last year, students were forced to return home when the administration decided to close Uganda's second-largest government university over a lectures' strike.
The University Council chairperson John Okedi announced the closure of the university and ordered the students off the campus.
The closure came after investigations into alleged mismanagement of the university.
Several months later, detectives from the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) arrested seven Kyambogo University council officials over mismanagement of the institution.
It was reported the seven officials had defied the IGG, Irene Mulyagonja's directive to stop any disciplinary proceedings against suspended vice-chancellor, Prof. Isaiah Omolo Ndiege.
Kyambogo University in fresh crisis