Romulus Tusingwiire, the MUBS guild president, says government’s claim that it was unable to fully fund public universities leading up to the 15% fees increment is incomprehensible.
Asiimwe is concerned about the huge number of political appointments including the presidential advisors, RDCs and ministers who she says are draining the treasury and denying education sector the funds to function.
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
student guild leaders have joined their Makerere University counterparts to
reject the 15% tuition and functional fees increment.
Tusingwiire, the MUBS guild president, says government’s claim that it was
unable to fully fund public universities leading up to the 15% fees increment is
They also questioned the government’s interest
in the tuition hike at both institutions, saying government has its priorities
upside down. Tusingwiire argues that every day, they see the number of
ministers, legislators and political positions multiplying.
how a student at MUBS confided in him how his
parents had advised him to apply for a dead year due to their inability to
raise the required fees, saying many students are experiencing similar
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Ezra Nuwenshaba, also a student at MUBS says
students are disappointed by government’s support for the 15% tuition increment
while ignoring excesses in public administration.
Nuwenshaba faulted government for spending colossal sums of
money on public administration through creation of more districts, which he
says has expanded the number of legislators and local government leaders
thereby straining the available financial resources.
“As per now we are in over 100 districts, which
are calling for more MPs and take up the positions and increasing the budgets
and the burden of the government to pay them. I believe this is the reason as
to why the government is squeezing every penny out of our parents to actually
pay these people that they are bringing in these administrative positions,”
The students also say they are at the best
business school in the country but have got untapped potential by government.
They argue that they can be better advisors compared to struggling artists like
Butcherman and Catherine Kusasira, who President Museveni recently appointed as
presidential advisors for Ghetto and Kampala affairs respectively.
Nuwenshaba says there is no reason why youth at
university would oppose President Museveni’s government when they have
subsidized and regulated fees.
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Allan Kelly Tabura, another student says he sells liquors in
a bar in Nakawa to raise tuition, which sometimes denied him sleep as he has to
attend classes during day. Tabura says many of his colleagues at MUBS who
go through the same hustle to pay fees and stay at school, which the government
ought to be aware.
He however argues that government is focused on the
2021 election campaigns rather than directing finances to critical sectors such
as education and health.
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Doreen Asiimwe, the MUBS Guild Vice President faults
government for failing to provide for its citizens and largely focusing on its
Asiimwe is concerned about the huge number of
political appointments including presidential advisors, RDCs and ministers who
she says are draining the treasury and denying education sector the funds to
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According to Asiimwe, most students especially
girls at universities are turning into prostitution as a way of survival.
“At MUBS we females form the largest percentage of students.
Actually that is why you find the girl-students are now going to these very
ministers that are chewing our money and they are becoming our sugar daddies
because we can’t pay this tuition! How do you expect us to survive in this
country?” she asked.
MUBS has over 20,000 students out of which the
students’ guild leadership says only 9,500 students have fully completed their
fees. The student leaders argue that majority of the first year students are
The student’s leadership has organised a car wash tuition
campaign this Saturday at the intuition to raise finances to support those who
will be remaining with fees balances by November 19, when they commence
Hashim Kabeera, a Bachelor of Business
Statistics student says they have given the MUBS Council only next week to come
up with a clear position indicating there will be no increment, failure of
which he says they will embark on mobilizing other public universities in