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Makerere university VC to be probed over the university strike

by Odongo Christopher

Parliament is set to look into complaints leveled against Makerere University vice chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe within two weeks.

Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga took this decision during debate on a statement made by State minister for higher education, John Chrysostom Muyingo.

In her ruling on Thursday, Kadaga said a committee report shall inform the house on what steps ought to be taken to restore sanity to the so called ivory tower.

“The education committee is expected to handle this expeditiously. By the end of this exercise on the 13th of November, they will be able to tell us if we need a select committee or not”.

This follows a barrage of nonpartisan condemnation by MPs of Nawangwe, who they blamed for the unrest at the University.

Mps Mathias Mpuuga the Masaka municipality MP and Betty Aol Ocan among others called upon the VC to step aside and pave way for a conclusive probe.

“The VC should leave and let the investigation take off because he is a dictator. If he was not a dictator, he would listen to these students. He would not just go down and sit in his office, suspend, dismiss the way he likes”, she argued.

Among others, the MPs also called for reinstatement of students that had been suspended or expelled and a supplementary budget to be moved to allow vulnerable students time to find viable financial solutions.

They also called for security agencies to produce Makerere guild president Julius Kateregga who is alleged to be detained.

Minister Muyingo however told MPs that Kateregga’s colleagues had assured him that he was fine but only trying to deflate pressure that he has been undergoing.

Speaker Kadaga also revealed that President Yoweri Museveni had assured her of providing Kateregga with security if he was facing any serious threats.

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