Monday, 21 April 2008

Makerere to experience qualitative change

Makerere University is going to experience a new change for voting the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate to head the varsity's guild, NRM Party general secretary and Minister for Security, Amama Mbabazi said on April 20.

"Makerere is going to experience a qualitative change because of how you voted." Amama Mbabazi told attendees of Mr Robert Rutaro's victory party at Makerere's Freedom Square on Sunday evenning.

The honourable minister, who represented President Museveni as chief guest, was jovial to recount NRM's recent victories in numerous bi-elections that have been held in the country and said their victory at Makerere was just joining those victories .

Amama, after being taught Makerere's culture of "testing", could not hide his happiness that now they would frequently visit Makerere for intellectual discusions since NRM had secured a friendly guild leadership. He promised that government was going to support the guild and university as a whole.

Makerere university guild president, Robert Rutaro, urged government to intervene in the university's financial crisis and provide Makerere with an ambulance.

Mr Rutaro advised lecturers to adapt the use of other avenues and methods to demand for their rights instead of strikes. Rutaro denied recent media reports that he was drawing swords with the lecturers who would want to go on strike.

"Whereas we support the lecturers' cause, we can't support the idea of a strike. They [lecturers] should find other means of solving problems," Rutaro said. He added that "we are not comfortable with their methods of fighting to get their achievements".

The guild president urged the university and government to revisit, what he claimed was, the discriminative tuition policy of charging International students, especially those from East African countries, slightly higher than Uganadan students at Makerere yet they continue agitating for the East African Community.

The party that ended with bull roasting was attended by among others former state Minister for Health, Capt Mike Mukula, the University Bursar who represented the Vice Chancellor, Col. Fred Mwesigye, and other NRM officials.

Makerere nowadays is embroiled in finanacial problems with its lecturers threatening to tool down due to delayed pay.

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