The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, has called for the ban of political parties in the institution’s guild elections.
Prof Nawangwe’s proposal followed the death of Bewatti Betungura, a 25-year-old student of Uganda Christian University (UCU), who was stabbed to death last week during the violent guild elections at Makerere. The elections have since been suspended.
Prof Nawangwe Said that political parties have fuelled violence at the university However, political parties rejected the proposal, saying the multi-party system is a constitutional right.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party counterpart, Mr David Lewis Rubongoya, expressed a view, saying the proposal is a wrong approach to students’ politics since they have a right to belong to any grouping of their choice.
Mr Rubongoya added,”Universities are a breeding ground for national leaders. We have seen violence in all elections in this country. We should condemn violence not political parties. It is the role of the university to ensure that they maintain peace and order,”
“If the investigations establish that political parties are the main cause of violence, we should remove them and I am very firm on that. The loss of a young student who is the hope of parents and country cannot be taken lightly. It calls for drastic measures,” Nawangwe said
The trio, which is facing charges of incitement to violence, was released on Tuesday on police bond as investigations continue.
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