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Education Minister sides with University on protests, partially blames Opposition

Tuesday October 29, 2019


The Minister of Education Janet Kataaha Museveni has sidelined with Makerere University in regard to students protests that have now lasted for a week.

The protests started off with a group of female students who were opposing the 15% increment arguing that it had led some of the female students into prostitution.

These were later arrested and some of them suspended.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, Janet Museveni who is also the First Lady wondered why the students were protesting yet they were involved in the decision making leading to the increment in contention.

“First of all, it is important to understand that Makerere University Management took the trouble to ensure that students were fully involved and consulted in the process of establishing an acceptable tuition fee structure for the Institution… How then do students turn around, afterwards, and accuse the University management of imposing “high costs” on the students?” reads part of the statement.

In the same letter, she also blamed the Opposition of having an invisible hand in the protests.

“Apparently, the political opposition in this country - who are well funded “somehow” by some “unknown sources” find it useful to pay unemployed young people to riot wherever and whenever they believe they see a viable opportunity,” reads another part of the statement signed by the Minister of Education, Janet K Museveni.

Meanwhile, President Museveni has summoned an urgent NRM parliamentary caucus to discuss the ongoing strike and how it can be resolved.

As of Monday, access to the University was restricted as the military manned entry that was only limited to those with a valid University ID, national ID or an admission letter.

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