Nkumba University strike: Academic Registrar Christine Obonyo Kyayonka forced out of office

Nkumba Students  Camping  At The  Academic Registrar's  Office Christine Kyayonka
Nkumba University students camping at the Academic Registrar’s Office, Christine Kyayonka.

The situation at Nkumba University is getting to normal after a two days strike that resulted into destruction of property worth millions of shillings. There were running battles with police, tear gas allover and bullets being shot on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th November 2014.

Later on Tuesday 18th  afternoon, peace talks led by Nkumba university Vice chancellor, Prof. Hanington Ssengendo, Dean of students David Christopher Kasasa, students and Police were held and resolutions made.
Nkumba University newly appointed Academic Registrar, Obonyo Christine Kyayonka
Nkumba University newly appointed Academic Registrar, Obonyo Christine Kyayonka.

The peace talks resolved that;

  • Retake fees remain at 100,000 shillings and not at 200, 000 shillings.
  • Byarugaba Julius’ Guild government be over thrown. A student was sworn in as a new Guild President of Nkumba University before the Dean of students, District Police Commander of Entebbe, RPC and students.
  • The newly appointed Academic Registrar, Obonyo Christine Kyayonka stays out of office till further notice as the University considers her fate.
  • The arrested students be released by Police. (All arrested students were released )
  • No more deadline for registration and clearance for exams.
  • Exams be postponed. (Exams had been set to start on Wednesday 19th November 2014)
The university on Tuesday 18th also served free food to all Nkumba University students.
How the strike started
Some of Nkumba University students who had been arrested during the two days strike. The have been released by police.
Some of Nkumba University students who had been arrested during the two days strike. The have been released by police.

Police  in Entebbe  on Monday  17th and Tuesday 18th November 2014 arrested over 10 students of Nkumba University  over   alleged involvement in a violent strike that led to destruction of property worth millions of shillings.

The university   students  woke  up  at  6am and  started  destroying  the university  library, lecture rooms and vans.

Students  charged  up  and  blocked all roads leading to the  university while protesting against new policies imposed by the university administration.

The University through the office of the Academic Registrar headed by Obonyo Christine Kyayonka had increased  retake  fees  from  shillings 100,000  to  200,000/=  and charges for a  missed  paper  from  shs20,000-100,000/=.

The  academic registrar of Nkumba University, Obonyo Christine Kyayonka  and  former  Kyambogo  University  academic  registrar had also  introduced  a  late registration  fee  of   shillings  50,000/= to students who  complete tuition fees payment late.

The  students pointed   fingers  at  their  Guild  President,  Julius Byaruhanga  over conniving with the university  administration to impose  the hiked fees.

Nkumba University students who had been arrested by police during the strike but later released
Nkumba University students who had been arrested by police during the strike but later released.

Anti-riot  swung into action after rowdy  students  damaged several university  property including  the guild canteen. Students also broke  into  restaurants  and ate free food,  looted   several  nearby  shops  and kiosks.

The  police  sealed off the  university  premises  and  arrested over 10 university  students involved  in  the  riot.

The police  battled with rowdy students  for the two  days  by using tear gas on addition  to firing  bullets.

The  students  are  expected   to begin   their  exams  this  Wednesday  20th  November 2014.

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