KAMPALA. With just four months to the 69th graduation ceremony, Makerere University students from the School of Statistic and Planning on Monday staged a demonstration demanding for the first draft of their graduation list. The outgoing students were also joined by continuing students who demanded for the release of last semester’s results.
The strike comes at a time when the lecturers – from the same school- are also vowing to lay down their tools after the university management failed to dismiss their dean, Mr Robert Wamala over underperformance.
The president of Makerere University Statistics Students Association (MASSA) Mr Thomas Nsubuga said they have given the university management up to Wednesday to have their graduation list and results out, since other schools and colleges have already accessed theirs.
“The Vice chancellor in the letter dated June 1 wrote to all the principles and deans of schools requiring them to produce our graduation list by June 8. Other colleges and schools released, it is only our college which has not. So we are demanding that by Wednesday, the graduation list should be out as well as apologising to the students for the inconveniences caused,” Mr Nsubuga said.
He added that continuing students are not going to attend lectures until the results for last semester are out.
However, this reporter has learnt that the lecturers are withholding the results of over 500 students who are slated to graduate in January 2019, mainly because of the university’s failure to dismiss Dr Wamala.
A source at the university told this reporter that the lecturers will sit on Tuesday to decide on whether to lay down their tools or try other means until the university effects the dismissal of Dr Wamala.
The efforts to reach the vice chancellor for a comment were futile as he did not pick our repeated calls. The students Guild president Paapa Wele Salim was also unreachable on phone.
31 out 47 lecturers from this school, which is under the College Of Business And Management Sciences (COBAMS) last year petitioned the university council to have Dr Wamala dismissed from his office, but their wish is yet to be granted.
The lecturers were accusing him of underperformance, corruption and dismissing staff without following rules and regulations.
The college principle Dr Eria Hisali in a letter dated August 24 which Daily Monitor has seen directed Dr Wamala to hand over office of the dean to Ms Agnes Ssekiboobo (acting dean).
But in his response, Dr Wamala refused to hand over office arguing that the university should follow proper rules and regulation since his contract is still on. This however irritated the lecturers who resolved to withhold students’ results until he is out.