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Biomedics give Makerere ultimatum over medicine admission list

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KAMPALA – A group of 19 Makerere University Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BSB) graduates have given the institution up to December 15 to include them on the medicine students admission list. 

The aggrieved have threatened to slap the institution with court action, saying there is an imminent threat of missing studies for the academic year 2020/2021 which commences January 30.

The aggrieved say their exclusion from the list for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) for year three, is non-compliance with a court order.

The precedent was set in 2018 in the case where Justice Margaret Oguli, ruled in favour of Maureen Namusoke and seven others, directing that they be admitted for MBCh.B in the year three.

Consequently, the university complied and they were admitted. It is on this basis that the group of 19 are challenging the decision and demanding answers from the Senate on their omission.

The ultimatum is contained in a letter dated December 4, addressed to the university academic registrar Alfred Namoah. It is authored by lawyer Isaac Semakadde of Centre For Legal Aid.

“We are hereby instructed to notify you, as we hereby do, that if this issue is not resolved amicably and expeditiously but at any rate not later than December 15, 2020, our clients shall take legal action immediately without giving further notice,” the letter reads in part. 

New Vision has obtained a copy of the letter, with the Academic Registrar’s office stamp and confirmation of receipt dated December 4.

The letter is also copied to other heads of stakeholder entities, which have confirmed receipt, dated December 4.

These are Vice-Chancellor, University Secretary, Dean Makerere University School of Medical Sciences, Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Dean School of Health Sciences, Dean School of Medicine, and Dean School of Biomedical Sciences.

The aggrieved are Geoffrey Ssengendo, Jonathan Kuteesa, Collins Echodu, Moses Kasumba, David Mayanja, Jovan Senyondo, Gyaviira Kwikiriza, Joseph Odeke, Martha Adong, and Davis Masaba.

Others are Misha Ssesanga,Trevor Opoka, Asuman Muwana, Isaac Asaba, Mathias Mafabi, Robert Ojok, Ian Ivule, Ronald Sepunya, and Ahmed Omlola.

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