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Nkumba University management, students clash over Guild impeachment

 

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | There are ongoing disagreements between Nkumba University students, university administration and security over the proposed impeachment of the Guild President, Byron Luswata.

On Friday last week, the university parliament presented a petition to the University administration and council proposing the impeachment of Luswata for alleged incompetence, arrogance, corruption, greed and ego-centrism.

Led by Wilberforce Otim, the students accuse their guild of embezzling shillings 20 million meant for the guild council; another shillings 3.8 million meant for health service delivery in and failure to settle grievances among students.

The petitioners attempted to hold a student’s parliament on Monday to impeach the guild president but were blocked by security and University management on grounds that accused hadn’t been given a fair hearing.

The Nkumba University Vice Chancellor, Wilson Muyinda, says several university council committees need to offer guidance to management before the impeachment of the guild can proceed.

On Sunday evening, several student leaders held a meeting at Lake Side beach in Kitinda in Katabi town council and strategized how to impeach the guild president.

They agreed on the timeline of impeaching the guild president. Those in favor of the impeachment disagreed with the university management for stopping their mission.

Heavily armed police officers led by the Entebbe division police commander, Baker Kawonawo and officers from other security agencies deployed on the University premises on Monday to ensure order.

Baker Kawonawo, the DPC for Entebbe advised the students to follow the guidance of the University if they wanted to have a successful process. He also indicated that police will not hesitate to arrest all those who remain rowdy.

The Vice Chancellor, Wilson Muyinda told URN that they would write to the embattled guild president to return all university properties under his care until the situation returns to normal.

Luswata declined to comment on the ongoing impeachment process. He was elected Nkumba University Guild President in April this year as a people power activist.

He is the second university guild president to face impeachment this year following Jonathan Tundulu from Kyambogo University.

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