Mak Disciplinary Committee Pardons Students


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Benjamin Arinda and James Chombo were pardoned by the students committee on Tuesday presided over by His Worship Precious Ngabirano after accepting all the charges against them and pleaded for mercy. The two are among the seven students that were last month suspended by the university for threatening to cause chaos within in the institution.

Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee has pardoned two suspended students after they pleaded for mercy.

Benjamin Arinda and James Chombo were pardoned by the students' committee on Tuesday presided over by Precious Ngabirano, the committee's chairperson.

The two are among the seven students that were last month suspended by the University for threatening to cause chaos.

A source who attended the committee says that all the seven suspended students appeared before the committee to answer charges relating to threatening to cause anarchy at the university.

"The disciplinary committee decided the students who had admitted to be in wrong were to be forgiven and reinstated into the university and that the committee was going to communicate its position to council and letters reinstating the students would be issued," a source said. 

In August this year, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe suspended and issued warning letters to several students accusing them of circulating messages calling for defiance against the university management.

The suspended students were protesting against 15 percent fees increment, that the university management had implemented starting with the 2018/19 academic year.

In the suspension letters Prof, Nawangwe said the students had been posting "inflammatory and derogatory messages on social media, calling for defiance and acts that could cause injury to persons and property of the university."

The vice chancellor observed that the student's actions were illegal and were a breach of the university policies and national policies and giving rise to both criminal and civil liability on their part, further adding that despite several engagements, students had refused to take heed. 

During the Disciplinary Committee sitting, four other students including Kasim Njalira from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Daniel Kituno from the College of Education and External Studies, Jobs Dhabona from College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Samuel Kigula from College of Health Sciences appeared but the committee could not proceed on their matter since they had already run to court challenging the suspension.

The university publicist Ritah Namisango said that the committee had not come up with the minutes of the committee proceedings.

"I have been informed that the committee will communicate the outcomes of the disciplinary proceedings and outcomes to council at the next sitting. You can wait for the details after council sitting," Namisango said 

The Makerere University Student's Disciplinary Committee was established in November 2017, in line with the gazetted Makerere University Students Regulations 2015.

It is headed by Precious Ngabirano a former Chief Magistrate and a senior practicing advocate at Pearl Advocates and Solicitors. 

Other members of the committee appointed by the University Council include; Dr. Rose Nakayi, Dr. Umar Kakumba, Ahmed Ssentongo, Carolyne Nabaasa, and Prossy Katongole Kyazze.


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