Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Prof Barnabus Nawangwe has suspended three students for allegedly planning to stage a demonstration over the recent tuition increment.
The suspended students are Frank Bwambale, Obbo Johnson Emmanuel and David Musiri. The students are from the colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education and External Studies.
In a letter signed by Prof Nawangwe on 10th September to each of the students, the three were accused of spreading potentially damaging information that could make other students to rebel against the university management.
“I received a report that you are alleged to be authoring several anonymous messages on social media platforms as “young thug” with the aim of hurting both the university image and …….bringing student leaders of 84th Student Guild Council into disrepute.” reads one of the letters.
The Vice Chancellor also blame the trio for having participated in a demonstration that took place on the 20th August in Lumumba Hall despite the fact that they were not residences of that particular hall.
In the letters that were addressed to each individual, the VC noted that the trio were also alleged to have disrupted lectures in various colleges by forcing students out of their lecture rooms and “pausing danger to life and property of the students.”
Nwangwe ordered the three students to leave the university premises immediately adding that the University Chief security Officer should start the criminal proceedings.
According to the letter, the students “On the 7th of September 2018, are alleged to have organized an illegal demonstration in Freedom Square during which you singly came to the office of the VC and threatened my staff with bodily harms. “
According to the VC, on the 7th of September he issued a polite warning to the students cautioning them to stay away from such acts.
He however noted that the students on 14th August disrespectfully replied his polite caution signaling that were not ready to reform.”
The VC however noted that the three students will be invited for a further discussion on that matter on a date that will be communicated by the University Disciplinary Committee.