By Kiyimba Bruno
Democratic party through their public secretary, Kakande Keneth Paul have said that President Museveni decided to give a directive to close Makerere University in support to his wife Janet Museveni who is the Minister if Education.
“As a Visitor is the president is mandated by the University and other Tertiary Institutions Act to carry out a supervisory role among other responsibilities and his action of closing the university was a sign that he has not only failed as President of Uganda but also in other minor capacities:, Kakande said.
Kakande says that the problem of Makerere University is not maladministration; the biggest challenge of the University is lack of funds.
“All Private students are vetoed from sitting for exams unless they have cleared full tuition fees. But the problem comes in as a result of Government sponsored students and the dubious State House sponsored students. The responsible parties have failed to remit their fees in time henceforth leaving the University planning and Management in impasse”, he added.
Kakande says that DP cannot rule out tribal lines and sentiments in this matter.”The Vice Chancellor is one of the experienced managers this country has. His achievements as an Economist at the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) are evident,” he adds.
Kakande continued to say that, in his capacity as Board Chairman of the Centenary Rural Development Bank, he has done a great job. Therefore, the forces targeting him are targeting the individual on tribal grounds and not the competence.
“The biggest question of the day is where was the Supervisor when the situation went out of hand? He took such a decision from bed to save his wife as Minister of Education. This is a sign that the family rule still has an invisible hand in the matters of governance which is treacherous. We demand the immediate opening of this great institution in the country and also seek the situation of lecturers’ stipends to get back to normal for purposes of building for the future as the university motto suggests”, Kakande concluded.