Makerere University students run to court over suspension

Friday August 10, 2018

Four Makerere University students who were suspended by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Bananas Nawangwe for reportedly distributing inflammatory messages on social media platforms with the intention of disrupting university activities have rushed to court to overturn their indefinite suspension.
The students; Jobs Dhabona, Samuel Kigula, Daniel Kituno and Kassim Njalira, in their application filed before the Kampala High Court claim the decision by prof. Nawangwe to suspend them was reached in total disregard of the principals of natural justice by not according them an opportunity to defend themselves.
The students contend that they have already suffered psychological torment and stand to suffer irreparable harm through violation of their fundamental rights to education, equality and non-discrimination and loss of self -esteem as a result of this suspension.
According to these students, Prof Nawangwe wrote to them on 6th and 7th August 2018 specifying reasons for their suspension and said he took the decision to ensure the safety and security of other members of the university since the circulating messages were reportedly calling for defiance and disruption of peace.
However in their application , the students claim they only came to learn of their suspension through social media when fellow students shared with them screen-shots of the University's twitter handle @MakerereU which displayed letters of their suspension as such no communication was individually addressed do them
They now want an order of compelling the university administrators including; vice chancellor, academic registrar and dean of students to unconditionally reinstate them to their respective programs of study and facilitate them in terms of administering them with special tests, examinations or academic privileges lost as a result of their indefinite suspension.