MUK Students Set Up Parallel Guild Executive

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Makerere University students have set up a parallel guild executive after disagreeing over the leadership strategy of the current guild president Ivan Kata.

Makerere University students have set up a parallel guild executive after disagreeing over the leadership strategy of the current guild president Ivan Kata.

The newly elected 31 member committee is headed by Geoffrey Kasumba as the new guild president and Pamella Amollo as vice president. It also has Paul Kinyera as the prime minster and Derick Orishaba as minister in charge of off campus affairs.

Earlier on Thursday, the students led by Gilbert Atuhaire, a third year student of Law, demonstrated over what they called abuse of office by the guild president and petitioned Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, the University Vice Chancellor, to suspend Kata. 

The two-page petition outlines six reasons including the unexplained closure of the guild president’s office for 8weeks, misuse of the guild president’s car, and failure to attend to students’ demands including the death of five students at the university over the last two months.

Other accusations include Kata’s approval of the 60 percent tuition policy, without consulting the students, and misuse of over 90 million shillings without giving accountability. Under the 60% tuition policy, students are required to pay 60% of the tuition at the beginning of the semester and 100% by the sixth week of the semester.
Martin Lukanga, a third year student of social sciences, blames Kata for endorsing the 60 percent policy without consulting the students, adding that the guild president is even not affected by the policy because he is a government-sponsored student.

Winston Nsibirwa, a resident of Michel Hall, says the move to set up a parallel executive is aimed at restoring order in the students’ administration at the university.

When URN visited the guild offices, they were closed and efforts to speak to Kata were futile. But Lewis David, the guild speaker, said that he is aware of the dissatisfaction of some of the students, but noted that their concerns can still be tabled and debated other than disrupting the students’ environment at a time students are busy revising for end of semester examination scheduled for next week.

But in a one page statement, Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Dean of Students, warned students against the abuse of the university guild. According to Kabagambe, the parallel guild executive is not known by the university administration.