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  The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament LOP Hon Mathias Mpuuga has received a petition from Makerere University students challenging the university council s decision to suspend student politics at the institution In his petition the students challenge decisions of the University Council which they argue contravene the provisions of Section 69 1 a of the Universities and Other Institutions Act The president of the University Council Lorna Magara acted outside the provisions of the law that governs the creation and government of the student union by constituting members of the University Council to review the constitution of the student union without representatives of the students Joshua Lawel Muhwezi said the spokesperson for the Makerere University student select committee The university council suspended the Students Guild and indefinitely postponed elections for the 88th president of the university s guild after Betungura Bewatte a student at Uganda Christian University UCU was killed in bloody clashes between supporters of the National Unity Platform NUP against the Forum for Democratic Change FDC on the last day of the campaigns on July 14 2022 The students demanded that the Parliament prevail over the University Council to re establish the guild and all student leadership structures to enable effective student representation across the various colleges boards required by law Speaking Mpuuga expressed concern about the way the university is run which he said risks turning the university into a big primary school All of us must reject those proposals because Makerere is a hill of intellectual exchange Students are not to be treated like children these are adults Mpuuga said He implored the university administration not to use the July 14 incident to stifle student rights We all regret the incident in which a young man lost his life No one should lose their lives because people are looking for leadership Of course this comes from a background of people who are used to blood In the last national elections we lost more than 100 people but the country did not stop Mpuuga said further urging the Makerere University administration to work with security agencies and get to the heart of the investigation and bring Bewatte s killers to justice
Makerere students petition parliament to suspend guild leadership

1 The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Hon. Mathias Mpuuga, has received a petition from Makerere University students challenging the university council’s decision to suspend student politics at the institution.

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2 In his petition, the students challenge decisions of the University Council which they argue contravene the provisions of Section 69 (1) (a) of the Universities and Other Institutions Act. “The president of the University Council, Lorna Magara, acted outside the provisions of the law that governs the creation and government of the student union by constituting members of the University Council to review the constitution of the student union without representatives of the students”, Joshua Lawel Muhwezi said.

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3 , the spokesperson for the Makerere University student select committee.

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4 The university council suspended the Students’ Guild and indefinitely postponed elections for the 88th president of the university’s guild after Betungura Bewatte, a student at Uganda Christian University (UCU), was killed in bloody clashes between supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) against the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) on the last day of the campaigns on July 14, 2022.

5 The students demanded that the Parliament prevail over the University Council to re-establish the guild and all student leadership structures to enable effective student representation across the various colleges.

6 boards required by law.

7 Speaking, Mpuuga expressed concern about the way the university is run, which he said risks turning the university into “a big primary school”.

8 “All of us must reject those proposals because Makerere is a hill of intellectual exchange.

9 Students are not to be treated like children; these are adults,” Mpuuga said.

10 He implored the university administration not to use the July 14 incident to stifle student rights.

11 “We all regret the incident in which a young man lost his life.

12 No one should lose their lives because people are looking for leadership.

13 Of course, this comes from a background of people who are used to blood.

14 In the last national elections we lost more than 100 people [but] the country did not stop,” Mpuuga said, further urging the Makerere University administration to work with security agencies and get to the heart of the investigation and bring Bewatte’s killers to justice.

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