According to the charge sheet, the university accuses Saasiraabo of registration number 17/U/9897/EVE of circulating inflammatory messages on social media calling for defiance and disruption of university activities contrary to students’ regulations.
Makerere University student activist Siperia Mollie Saasiraabo
Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee has
ordered the immediate reinstatement of Siperia Mollie Saasiraabo, who is accused
of leading a strike over the 15 percent tuition hike. The disciplinary
committee delivered its verdict on Tuesday afternoon, saying Saasiraabo has no case to answer.
came after Saasiraabo appeared together with
other students before the Disciplinary Committee chaired by His Worship
Precious Beinga Ngabirano in the Senate Board Room 1. The Committee noted that it couldn’t
find any merit in the case leveled against the student based on her Facebook
posts tabled by the university management.
“We have looked at the file and the charge and the posts of
social media as basis for the charge. The posts don’t disclose the offense
stated and therefore the student has no case to answer. We order that the
suspension be lifted. Formal write up for lifting her suspension to be sent,”
The Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe referred Saasiraabo
to the Disciplinary Committee on November 5, 2019 in line with regulation 6(5)
(e) of Makerere Student’s Regulations of 2015. According to the
charge sheet, the university accuses Saasiraabo
of registration number 17/U/9897/EVE of circulating inflammatory messages on
social media calling for defiance and disruption of university activities
contrary to students’ regulations.
Regulation 8(9) (b) (viii) of
the Makerere University Students Regulations, 2015 stipulates that; “no student
shall engage in activities likely to cause breach of peace such as inciting
violence and destruction of property.” As
part of evidence, the university produced Saasiraabo’s Facebook post of October
31, 2019. “We are neither deterred nor compromised. Our resolve is still as
clear as our conscience. Ours is a noble cause and whereas our bodies are
limping, our spirits remain resilient. I will be at the frontline as soon as I
can be able to stand. #FeesMustFall,” reads Saasiraabo’s post.
However, the Disciplinary Committee said the student
had no case to answer as her Facebook posts attracted no offense. Saasiraabo was
represented by Isaac Ssemakadde from the Centre for Legal Aid. She was handed a
suspension letter together with 9 other students on October 22nd, 2019 for allegedly inciting violence against
Professor Eria Hisali, the Principal College of Business and Management
Sciences and Gordon Murangira, the Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor.
They include; Musiri David, Bachelor Commerce, Kyeyune Ivan
-Bachelor Arts, Mutatina Seiz -Bachelor of Commerce, Dhabona Job -Bachelor of
Community Psychology, Ssenoga Simon and Frank Bwambale pursuing Bachelor of
Journalism and Communication. Others were Rogers
Mbajjo Ssebiraalo, Bachelor of Quantitative Economics and Derrick Ojambo
Wabwire -Bachelor of Records and Archives Management.