By Ruth Kasembo
A group of Makerere University students have dragged the Vice Chancellor to court, seeking to have his powers trimmed.
The six students are part of a bigger group of over 30 who were suspended or given warning letters by the university administration during the period when the varsity was bedeviled by a two-week strike that was characterized by brutality.
And, filing the petition this morning, David Musiri, Marion Kirabo, Julius Muyambi, Mariam Kyomugisha Judith Nalukwago and Abbas Luyombo, said their freedoms had been constrained when the Vice Chancellor exercised some provisions of the Makerere University Students Regulations Statutory Instrument No.37.
‘Court should declare that Regulation 6(1) (d) of the students’ regulations at Makerere University is subjective, imprecise and inimical to the principle of legality’, the students aver in their petition that was lodged in the Civil Division of the Kampala High Court.
Last month students led by Mollie Speria Saasiraabo went on strike, protesting against the 15% increment in tuition fees announced by the university administration.
During the strike the female students said that ‘exorbitant’ fees charged by the university had sent some of them into prostitution.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni yesterday summoned the National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus to among other issues, deliberate on the Makerere university strike.