Court Orders UCU to Pay Expelled Students


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In her ruling, Justice Eva Luswata said the university has been negligent in appearing before court

 Justice Eva Luswata has ordered Uganda Christian University-UCU to pay throw away costs to two students challenging their expulsion. They are Yasin Sentumbwe Munagomba and Simon Semugoma, both law students at Uganda Christian University.

The two students were expelled when they challenged the vice chancellor Reverend Canon. Dr. John Ssenyonyi of arrogance and excluding student leaders from determining the affairs of the university, especially tuition.

Through their lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde, the two students petitioned court saying they were not given a fair hearing by the disciplinary committee. They also questioned the validity of the student's code of conduct, saying it is unconstitutional and was never gazetted.

This morning, Ssemakadde told court the university is tactfully delaying the suit by failing to produce the necessary evidence and appear when expected.  He asked court to take necessary action to ensure the matter is resolved. The university lawyer, Fredrick Joshua Mpanga often conducts business through Cynthia Musoke via phone.

In her ruling, Justice Eva Luswata said the university has been negligent in appearing before court. She noted that the university had failed to produce evidence, which has delayed the court proceedings. She therefore ordered the University-UCU to pay throw away costs to the two students.
Throw away costs arise when a party to a suit fails to adhere to the court proceedings. Hearing of the case will resume next month when the university is expected to have filed the necessary evidence to enable court to resolve the matter.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).