By our Reporter.
Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eli Katunguka is accusing students from Makerere University and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) of stirring violence at Kyambogo. Prof. Katunguka says they have intelligence reports indicating that students from the two institutions are fueling violence against Kyambogo university management.
There has been unrest at Kyambogo University for the past two days leading to running battles between Police, Local Defense Unit (LDU) and students pushing for the reinstatement of their guild president, Jonathan Tundulu. It all started when the Guild Representative Council (GRC) impeached Tundulu citing lack of leadership skills and disrespectful character.
However, the student fraternity accuses management of conniving with external forces to remove Tundulu who is allied to the ‘People Power’, a political pressure group led by the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. On Friday evening, police picked Tundulu and locked him up at Jinja Road Police Station on charges of inciting violence.
Professor Katunguka explains that the students’ guild cabinet decided to impeach the guild for allegedly concentrating on national politics and abandoning his responsibility towards students. our reporter has established that on the morning of September 25th, Tundulu called a meeting of his cabinet but he didn’t show up.
It is on the afternoon of the same day, that the GRC constituted and questioned the Guild president for instituting an ‘illegal vetting committee” to assess the minister’s performance. Tundulu would later be impeached on October 2, 2019 by an overwhelming majority of 74 GRC members, six (6) abstained while 4 voted against the impeachment.
There were two invalid votes. According to Katunguka, immediately, after the vote of no confidence, Tundulu’s team rampaged destroying university property and disrupted lectures.
Katunguka says a small group of misguided youth is disrupting activities at the university. He contends that the group is bent on causing violence and disruption;
“The challenge we have had with the current guild administration is that they have been unwilling to listen. I called them for a meeting to discuss their issues and they refused to come! If you can’t have a meeting with your vice chancellor to discuss your issues, how will they end?” he asked.
A number of students interviewed by our reporter said that management was simply against their guild president who has refused to compromise on their demands to have the 12 weeks’ tuition policy rescinded.
Tundulu told our reporter on Friday that he had severally written to the university management on the student grievances particularly the 12-weeks tuition policy in vain.
But Katunguka insists that he has no powers to rescind the policy, arguing that the students must pay fees to enable the university run effectively.