21 November 2012

Uganda: Makerere University Jinja Campus Students Strike

Makerere University Jinja campus students have protested an increase in the re-takes fees.

The rowdy students stormed Bell Avenue East Street in Jinja arguing that the hike was not fair.

The two-hour Tuesday strike which started at about 1:00pm saw students carry posters, 'Nyakana should go for change' and another reading 'Stop poor communication in Makerere Jinja Campus'.

Brian Mawuso, the Guild president at the Jinja campus explained that the students protested due to many unsolved grievances by the Coordinator Prof. Jockey Baker Nyakana.

He said the grievances include; poor communication, less funding to the guild council, creation of different bank accounts and a poorly stocked library.

Mawuso accused Nyakana of increasing the initial registration re-take fee from sh20,000 to sh140,000.

"At the main campus, students pay sh20,000 per re-take but Nyakana raised the fee to sh140,000. We need change at Jinja campus," Mawuso said.

As students protested, Anti - riot Police under the command of Jinja District Police Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, swung into action to calm the students.

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