46 students Suspended for Plotting Violent Strike

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On Wednesday, the affected students pitched camp at Lira Central Police station seeking police intervention in the matter.

Uganda College of Commerce Aduku has suspended 46 students accused of indiscipline and threatening the stability of the college. It comes barely a week after the management of the college barred Bantu students from holding a meeting to elect a candidate to contest the forthcoming guild elections. Some of the affected students are Patrick Mukonezi, secretary for student’s affairs, Edward Nangigaye, Nakongo Nora Tamale, James Bita, Adams Kanya and Lusamia Henry Sentongo amongst others, all first year students.

According to a 6th May letter signed by Sam Nabwana, the principal Aduku College, the students were reportedly planning to instigate instability and subsequently stage a violent strike. Nabwana says the decision to suspend the students was meant to foil their planned move to cause chaos. The students are also accused of mobilizing their colleagues to get involved in meetings, with intentions of forming an illegal group. 

On Wednesday, the affected students pitched camp at Lira Central Police station seeking police intervention in the matter. But Dorothy Chakwa, a contestant for the post of vice guild blames the college electoral commission for the tension. She wonders why the electoral commission accepted to receive more applications from aspirants after the deadline expired on Friday last week.
 
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Edward Nangigye, another student concurs with Chakwa. He claims that the electoral commission is lenient to Lango Students Association which constitutes the majority students. Francis Ogwang, the coordinator Uganda National Student’s Association Lira has described the suspension of the students as unfortunate. He says the college administration should have found a better approach to address the matter.
 
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Manshur Suwed, the North Kyoga regional police spokesperson says that they are contemplating taking back the suspended students to the college. By Thursday morning, the students were still stuck at Lira Central Police station.