Suspended MUK Students Sue University

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Four Makerere University students suspected to have been ringleaders of a violent strike last month have run to court challenging their suspension from the university.

Four Makerere University students suspected to have been ringleaders of a violent strike last month have run to court challenging their suspension from the university.
 
The four; Ivan Bwowe, David Bala Bwiruka, Geoffrey Mutagobwa and Samuel Mukili; lodged their suit before the High Court in Kampala on Monday.
 
In their complaint, the four are demanding that their suspension be overturned arguing that it could result into expulsion from the oldest institution.  
 
The students, who filed their suit through Lukwago and Co Advocates, seek to annul the decision taken by the University disciplinary committee that suspended them on February 21.
 
They claim they were denied a fair hearing and deny being ringleaders of the February 18th strike in which students were protesting a new tuition policy.
 
According to the tuition policy approved in 2006/2007 academic year by the University Council, the students are required to pay at least 60% of the tuition by the sixth week of the semester to allow the university receive funds to provide quality education. But students say the policy is unfair to them.
 
Court documents show that Bwowe was suspended for two semesters, while Bwiruka was suspended for a period not less than four months pending confirmation of his expulsion by the university council.
 
Mutagobwa and Mukili were suspended for the second semester of the academic year 2012/2013.   
 
The students argue that the committee’s decision was tainted with bias, as it was comprised of people who were malicious, and had grudges to settle, and impose their whims and influence on the committee’s decision.
 
Following the violent strike that saw peoples’ shops looted by the striking students, 18 students of the same university were charged before LDC court with unlawful society.
 
They denied the charges and they are expected to re-appear before the court on Monday next week for hearing of the case.