Education Minister sides with Makerere University on protests
The Minister for Education who also doubles as the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni has blamed government sponsored students for spearheading the demonstrations at Makerere University.
The Ivory Tower last week experienced a nasty four-day protest against the 15 percent cumulative tuition policy approved by the university council last year as students protested against the move. In a statement released on Tuesday morning, Mrs. Museveni said despite the increment being agreed upon by both the student leadership and the university management, it is appalling that the demonstrations have persisted and are spearheaded by government-sponsored students.
The Education Minister said a number of those leading the demonstrations are sponsored by government, State House and the Master Card Foundation whereas others are beneficiaries of the Higher Education students’ loan scheme started by government.
The Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga on Monday told journalists that a group of politicians and other activists are believed to have masterminded the demonstrations that rocked Makerere University last week. Commenting to this assertion by the Police, the Education Minister said it is appalling for some politicians to look for capital through financing demonstrations.
The First Lady urged Makerere University students to desist from being used by “unscrupulous” people for their own selfish gains.