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Mutesa I Royal University Students Report Strike to Police

Students of Mutesa I Royal University on Thursday converged on Masaka Central Police Station to petition the police to intervene and force the University Administration address their grievances.
Mutesa 1 Royal University Students walking with the officer in charge of Masaka Police station Julius Musiime (in blue jacket}
Students of Mutesa I Royal University on Thursday converged on Masaka Central Police Station to petition the police to intervene and force the University Administration address their grievances.

 

Work in Masaka town was temporarily brought to a halt as a group of at least 100 students led by Arafat Kalem,a a second year student of engineering, trekked from the university main campus at Kilumba- Masaka to the police station.  

 

On Monday, students of Mutesa I Royal University pursuing Engineering went on strike in protest that they have not received practical classes for four semesters.

 

An attempt to dissuade the students from continuing the strike on Tuesday by university authorities was fruitless. Students walked out of a meeting called by the academic registrar Francis Xavier Ssekaddu and the Engineering Faculty Dean Peter Sebalamu. 

 

The students walked to the police station and asked the officer in charge, Julius Musiime, to intervene and meet the university administration to address tehir problems.

 

During a meeting with Police Students and University administration the students accused the academic registrar, Ssekaddu, of failure to address student’s grievances.

 

The Vice Guild president Irene Nalwanga informed the police that students pay 50,000 shillings for practical classes but do not receive any training.

 

Musiime asked the students to stop the strike so that classes can resume as the administrators to settle their grievances. He said police was giving the students and university administration two weeks to find a solution.

 

But the students said they would not resume classes until their grievances are addressed.

 

They threatened to petition the University Chancellor the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II because the university management have failed to address their issues.