The students led by Keneth Masereka want the graduation that is slated to start on September 21st to September 23rd 2021 halted pending the determination of their case where they are challenging the decision to exclude them from the graduation list.
45 students of Kyambogo University have petitioned the High Court in Kampala seeking an
interim injunction restraining the institution from holding the 17th graduation
The students led by Keneth Masereka want the graduation that is slated to start
on September 21st to September 23rd 2021 halted pending the determination
of their case where they are challenging the decision to exclude them from the
Evidence submitted before the court shows that the applicants successfully
pursued different courses at Kyambogo University and they passed all the
subjects undertaken according to the information on their respective student
portals run and managed by the University.
They contend that following the information on the University Portal which
shows that they had passed, they prepared for the graduation and also cleared tuition
and graduation fees.
According to the students between September 7th and 13th,2021, the University
acting through different heads of the department published various graduation
lists which excluded them without any reasonable cause.
"The respondent through the aforesaid decision seeks to arbitrarily gag
the students right to education, curtail possible employment opportunities,
impose unconstitutional limitations and blanket abuse of administrative which
are not acceptably and demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic
society and what is provided for under the constitution and the law",
reads the application.
According to the students, the directives infringe on a bundle of
constitutionally guaranteed rights of the students like the right to be heard,
presumption of innocence, the right to equality before under the law, the right
to be heard, the right to practice their professions and the right to fair and
just administrative treatment.
"Unless restrained by this Honorable Court, the respondent/Kyambogo
University will freeze and stagnate the citizen's right to education which is
very essential in the development of a modern country.
The students through their lawyers of Joel Cox Advocates say that they will
suffer irreparable damages if the court doesn't halt the next week's graduation
ceremony until their names are fixed on the graduation list.
In the main suit, they also want the court to declare that the decision to
exclude them from the list is illegal, oppressive, arbitrary, biased, high
handed, irrational, unfair a breach of the fundamental right to be heard and thus
the same is null and void.
Nansamba one of the affected students who has been pursuing her Bachelor's Degree
in Oil and Gas Production says it's not their responsibility as students to
look for their marks because theirs is to clear the school dues, study
//Cue in: "ebyo byona bitusewo...
Cue out... bugenzi kufuna transcript".
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Cue out: ...make it here".//
Reagan Francis Sensalo, says that the University Management tasked them to pay
graduation fees which they did but still they haven't appeared on the list but
were only promised transcripts
//Cue in: "Sente ebisale byona...
Cue out....Bagala oba tebagala".//
Last month, Kyambogo University reported that a system database that houses
students data was deleted online leaving about 29,000 students affected
including prospective graduands.
Kyambogo University Vice-Chancellor Professor Eli Katunguka has since indicated
that they are hopeful that the results and data will be retrieved.
Investigations Department of Police has also since commenced inquiries into the
7,000 students are expected to graduate next week. The case is yet to be fixed