The students Parliament resolved, on Monday, to impeach the guild president Byron Luswata on grounds that he was corrupt, selfish, arrogant and lacked leadership skills. He was accused of embezzling up to 20 million Shillings of the guild council and about 3.2 million Shillings meant for the health week activities at the University.
Police at Nkumba University
The Nkumba University Council has
halted activities related to the impending impeachment of the Guild president
and advised the students to follow impeachment guidelines as stipulated.
The students Parliament resolved, on Monday, to impeach the guild president Byron Luswata on grounds that he was
corrupt, selfish, arrogant and lacked leadership skills. He was accused of
embezzling up to 20 million Shillings of the guild council and about 3.2
million Shillings meant for the health week activities at the University.
But there was an impasse arose when
students refused to attend classes and became violent. They surrounded the
University Administration Block chanting slogans against their Guild President and
issued publications referring to him as a thief. Those who declined to join
their protests were either beaten or had their properties confiscated.
Police and other security
agencies were called in to intervene. The
student leaders and the Administration later agreed to have a process of
impeachment followed to as provided for in the university guidelines. This
includes, among other processes, a platform to listen to the guild president’s
response to all accusations against him.
The University Council Chairperson
Dalton Elijah Ssegawa has now advised the students to submit their issues
before the university management, and allow the administration to listen to the
Guild President before any other step is taken.
“The University Council has
considered your submissions and resolved that the guild president prepares his
written defence and submit it after five days to the guild parliament and that,
the guild Parliament should respect the guild constitution and follow its procedures
accordingly,” Ssegawa said in a statement issued last evening.
However, the students disregarded
the advice and stated that it is crafted to fail all plans to impeach the
current guild president. Richard Odong,
a member of the University Parliament said the council members do not
understand challenges faced by the students under the current guild
Byron Luswata, a member of the
People Power Pressure Group was elected Nkumba University Guild President in
April. He is the second Guild President to face impeachment after Kyambogo
University’s Jonathan Tundulu.
However, he describes as
baseless, all accusations of corruption and incompetence brought against him by
his fellow students.