Following the riots that were held on Monday by the University Students over several unfair policies that had been introduced by the Academic Registrar Christine Obonyo, the University council has resolved to close the University indefinitely as negotiations are being held to conclusively resolve the issues raised by the students.
Some of the policies that the students were protesting included;
The deadline for registration for end of August semester examinations which had been set for November 16, 2014
Increase in fees for missed papers from Shs 20,000 to shs 50,000, Increase in late registration charges from shs 50,000 to shs 100,000, Increase in retake fees from Shs 100,000 to shs 200,000, the deadline for submission of the Non-resident forms.
According to a press statement released by the Chairperson University council Dr. Byatike Matovu has stated that all the issues that the students were protesting are mere allegations and that the University hasn’t made any fees increment whatsoever.
Some of the issues that the University council has resolved include
The deadline for the student clearance and registration for the end of August semester examinations has been extended from Sunday November 16, 2014 to Saturday November 22, 2014.
“The clearance of non-residence forms has also been extended to November 22, 2014. “There has been no fees increment of any sort and fears of fees increment are totally unfounded” Dr. Matovu stated.
The examinations which were supposed to commence Wednesday November 19 have been postponed until further notice as all students have been directed to vacate the University hostels and other premises by 2pm Wednesday November 19.
“Students will be informed in the media of the date of resumption and any other pertinent information and the University remains out of bounds to all students until the date of resumption” Dr. Matovu added in the statement.
The students went on rampage on Monday and destroyed whatever University property that they landed on. Some of the University property that was shattered included Lecture room windows and university fence while several nearby kiosks and shops were looted by stone wielding students.
Armed with tear gas and rubber bullets the police intervened and restored calm in addition to arresting several students.