Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, has lifted the suspension of 16 students who were sent home after participating in a protest against online courses.
The suspension was lifted following the involvement of Students Guild President Shamim Nambassa, who also led the protest against online lectures on February 7, 2022, when the economy was fully restored.
The suspensions were lifted today after a discussion with the students, guild president, and Professor Nawangwe.
“In light of the written and spoken explanations and apology from yourselves,” Nawangwe wrote in a letter to each of the students. I rescind your suspension and reinstate you as a Makerere University student. I implore and warn you to refrain from any additional activities that disrupt the university’s peace and bring the institution into discredit.”
Abdul Fatah Higenyi, Isaac Kansime, David Mugisha, Francis Xavier Asiimwe, Mathew Matovu, Manful Abenaitwe, Iddi Mutyaba, and Aloysius Nuwagaba were among the pupils suspended. Philemon Ayebazibwe, Fatuma Nakanwagi, Wycliffe Turyahabwe, Enock Kato, and Joseph Mukisa are among the other students.
Students who had gone to their lawyers, Henry Byansi and Derick Tukwasibwe of Henry Byansi
By participating in the event, the suspended students were accused of instigating violence and disrupting university studying activities.
Doreen Nyanjura, a member of the university council, has questioned the issuance of suspensions during demonstrations, claiming that it restricts academic freedom.
Following the protest, the institution altered its decision to hold online lectures for the majority of semester one, which began on January 29, 2022 and ends on March 5, 2022.