Six Makerere University students have petitioned High Court in Kampala seeking orders stopping the institution from enforcing what they deem as oppressive regulations under the Students Regulation of 2015
The six applicants are Luyombo Abbas, Judith Nalukwago, Mariam Kyomugisha, Muyambi Mbabazi Julius, Kirabo Marion and Musiri David
These, among others, claim that Regulation 6 (1)(d) number 37, which gives the Vice Chancellor wide powers to suspend students in a manner he deems fit without a fair hearing, is arbitrary and illegal
“The said regulation denies and threatens affected students their rights to a fair hearing, natural justice and just administrative treatment,” they say.
The group is also challenging Regulation 8(9) which makes it a mandatory for students to seek permission from Police wherever they are holding demonstrations
This, they say,”threatens and limits students from expression of freedom of association, academic freedom and freedom of assembly”
In one of the supporting affidavits, Kirabo Marion a guild Gender Minster says they have come out to protect fellow students from oppression and suffocation of freedom by the said regulations
“My co-applicants and I are Makerere University students who bring this human rights enforcement suit against Respondent in Public interest and to further the ends of student governance and welfare” avers Kirabo
The case comes days after Prof Bernabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor suspended a number of students who participated in the demonstrations against the 15% tuition increment
The suspended students opposed this decision saying it was done in bad faith since they were not given a fair hearing by an independent tribunal.