The aggrieved students claim they were not paid the upkeep allowances during the first semester following disruptions caused by Covid-19 lockdown. They accused the University of paying them 670,000 instead of 880,000 shillings in cumulative arears each.
students of Gulu University were on Tuesday arrested by the police for
allegedly inciting violence. They
have been identified as Job Tumusiimwe and Alumansi Katongole.
They were part
of the 672 government-sponsored students who were protesting against the administration over their food and living out allowances. The
aggrieved students claim that they did not receive their upkeep allowances during the
first semester following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 lockdown.
the University of paying them only Shillings 670,000 instead of Shillings 880,000 in
cumulative arears. Genius
Ibabaza, one of the affected students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Medicine revealed
that the Government disburses Shillings 880,000 for each student yet the
University is paying them less without any explanation.
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Shadic Ssempijja explained to URN that when they reported
back to University on November 1, 2021 following the reopening of education
institutions by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni they discovered that
allowances sent to cater for rent, transport, internet and welfare were reduced yet their rent has been hiked.
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Lakop, a privately sponsored student in the Faculty of Education and Humanity decried
the arrest of their colleagues as unfair as they were holding a peaceful
demonstration to demand a response from the university management.
The University Vice-Chancellor Prof.
George Openyjuru Ladah disclosed that the students are being paid Shillings 7,000 per day while at the campus in a semester. He clarified that
during the lockdown, the government-sponsored students were not entitled to any pay, thus the reduction.
The Aswa River Region
Police Spokesperson, David Ongom Mudong confirmed the development, saying that they
responded to an alarm by the University management who were locked up in
their offices and surrounded by rowdy students.
“The University authorities
tried to engage with the students but without fruitful results which
prompted the anti-riot police to respond, and two ring leaders were arrested and
detained at Gulu Central Police Station for inciting violence,” Ongom said.
Ongom noted that much
as the aggrieved students had a concern to raise, the method used to present
their issues were uncalled for and implored the students’ representatives to
explore dialogue to resolve the impasse.