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The administration of Bukalasa Agricultural College has finally bowed to pressure from students and rescinded the policy requiring all students to have their meals within the college. The withdrawal of the policy has brought an end to the student’s strike, which has lasted for the last 18 days. Recently, Bukalasa Agricultural College directed all off campus students to pay 354,000 shillings for meals. The move was reportedly aimed at eliminating attempts by the students to access free meals.
However, the directive didn’t go down well with the 247 off campus students. The students staged a strike demanding the withdrawal of the policy saying it was unreasonable and insecure for them to travel from their hostels for meals at the campus. On Tuesday, the students turned rowdy and contaminated food meant for resident students forcing police to disperse them.
On Thursday, Paul Lubowa, the Resident District Commissioner Luweero, Richard Mivule, the Central-Eastern Regional Police Commander and several officials from the agriculture ministry rushed to college and convened a crisis meeting with the administrators where they resolved to suspend the policy immediately. Lubowa concurred with the students saying the policy was unfair since some of them stay in distant campus hostels. Some of the students stay as far as three kilometers away from the college.
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Richard Mivule, the Central-Eastern Regional Police Commander observed that there are administrative gaps in the college, which have led to rampant strikes and need to be addressed immediately. He says police will maintain presence in the college until the situation returns to normal.
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The withdraw of the compulsory meals policy have excited.
They however want the agricultural ministry, which is in charge of the college to retire their principal Christine Anyait for alleged incompetence and old age.
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Christine Anyait, the embattled principal declined to comment on matter. Augustine Nyamwegyendaho, representative of governing council has called for calm among students since their issues have been solved.