Students of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Tuesday morning demonstrated within campus premises over a two-month delay in release of government allowances.
MUST has a population of over 6,000 students with at least 600 of these on government sponsorship. State sponsored students are entitled to at least Shs800, 000 living-out allowances per semester.
Learners accuse the university administration of deliberately delaying to release their funds even after peaceful talks with the student leaders.
Joshua Sserubiri, a student of science with Education in Chemistry and Mathematics said, they want their allowances because it is the only money they survive on since their parents are contented that they taken care of,the administration facilitate their transport to school.
“Some of our colleagues have been locked out of their hostels for failing to pay their rent. We shall not go to class if this money has not gone on our accounts,” the students chanted.
Addressing the striking students on Tuesday, MUST Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Nickson Kamukama called for patience ,he added “i assure you that in two days the money will be on your accounts. I don’t see why you are doing this because even your lecturers have not yet been paid either.”