Makerere students form parallel Guild Cabinet

Ivan Kata,Makerere University Guild President. He is accused of betraying his fellow students by approving the 60% tuition policy.

Dissatisfied students of Makerere University have set up their own guild executive after falling out with that of Ivan Kata.

 The guild president, Kata is accused of conniving with the university administration in passing of the 60% tuition policy minus consulting the students who voted him into power. Kata is also accused of failing to account for more than 90 million shillings.

Under the new tuition policy, a student is meant to pay 60% of the tuition fees at the start of the semester and 100% by the end of the sixth week of the semester.

It’s from this background that a fraction of concerned students set up another elected 31 member guild executive led by Geoffrey Kasumba as their new guild president, Pamella Amollo as vice president, Paul Kinyera as the prime minister among others.

Last week some students demonstrated and petitioned the newly appointed University Vice Chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu over alleged misuse of office by their guild president.

Besides the 60% tuition policy, the petition outlined other reasons such as the closure of the guild president’s office for eight weeks, failure to attend to students’ demands, misuse of the guild president’s car.

Cyriaco Kabagambe, the dean of students, however dismissed the new elected guild executive saying that it’s illegal and not known by the university administration.

The guild speaker, Lewis David said that the students’ concerns can still be solved expressing concern that the dissatisfaction has come at a wrong time of Exams. Students are preparing for end of semester exams set to start next week.

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