Makerere Closure: Medical Students Refuse to Return to Class

Medical students at Makerere University have rejected a recent directive for them to return to campus and resume normal business when the rest of the university remains closed.

On November 7th about a week after President Yoweri Museveni ordered the indefinite closure of the university, viagra 40mg the Mulago Hospital based College of Health Sciences ordered its postgraduate students to return to class and resume studies.

The College Principal Charles Ibingira directed that all postgraduate students were to return to their work stations “immediately.”

The Principal’s directive reportedly was informed by guidance from the Education Minister Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni and the University Council.

The student leaders through their lawyers of Chapter Four Uganda have however declined to return to class and cautioned the Principle against violating the law.

These maintain that they cannot be isolated because they are all students at the closed Makerere University.

“Any directive, order whether by the minister, or the principle or the university council cannot override a statutory and constitutional directive issued by the president for the closure of the university,” warned Counsel Nicholas Opiyo, on behalf of the student’s lawyers.

In any case, the principal was reminded, since the closure of the university, access to its premises, the library and other services have been suspended.


“Any attempts therefore, to coerce, blackmail or threaten the students into resuming work would be contrary to the law and amount to a direct challenge to the authority of the president.

“We must all bear the consequences of the decision (to close the university)…the students cannot selectively bear the burden of that decision without the full resumption of the normal functions of the university.”

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