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Speaking to journalists this morning, Makerere University Guild president, Roy Ssemboga asked government not to shy away from its responsibility of maintaining the institution
Makerere University Guildpresident Ssemboga Roy and his Cabinet addresing the press today morning at Makerere Guest house

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Makerere University students have given government a two-day's ultimatum to reopen the university or else they take to the streets.

Speaking to journalists this morning, Makerere University Guild president, Roy Ssemboga asked government not to shy away from its responsibility of maintaining the institution.

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Ssemboga said as students they have met their obligations of paying tuition fees, adding that they are not in any way responsible for the payment of their lecturers.

The students' leaders demanded that government gives information regarding the opening of the university by Wednesday November 9.

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The student leaders also note that the indefinite closure of the university has caused an irreparable damage to its image. He cited service delivery at Mulago National Referral Hospital, which has been affected because of the closure of the university.

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Ssemboga said the students awaiting graduation are being denied job opportunities because the university is closed. He noted that other students need to compete for scholarships abroad but cannot be helped because the university is under indefinite closure.

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Makerere University closed on November 1 on a directive by president, Yoweri Museveni following failed negotiations between the university council, administration and lecturers over their unpaid salary incentives.

The lecturers laid down their tools on October 26th to compel the university to clear their incentives for the past months amounting to Shillings 28 billion.