Students at Muteesa 1 Royal University have blocked a meeting of the University Council this morning in an attempt to cause the dismissal of the Vice Chancellor prof Arthur Sserwanga.
The meeting chaired by Dr Frank Sebbowa, the University Council chairman, at the university main campus located in Kirumba – Masaka municipality ended prematurely when students, armed with placards and clubs, raided the venue demanding that the Vice Chancellor is relieved of his duties.
They accuse him of incompetence and failure to effectively manage the Masaka-based university campus. Led by Guild President Jesse Lumu, the students protested over poor sanitation at the campus, lack of text books, dilapidated structures and failure to pay lecturers salaries.
The irate students attempted to lynch Prof Sserwanga but were restrained by Masaka municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga, a member of the University Council.
While, Prof Sserwanga was locked in his office for safety, the students tasked the University Council chairman Dr Frank Sebbowa to explain why the lecturers have gone three months without pay.
Guild President Jesse Lumu told council members that Prof Sserwanga has ‘destroyed the university’s Glory’ and should be retired in public interest.
Dr Sebbowa, the University council chairman pleaded with the angry students to calm down. He told them the university council will address all their grievances by close of business.
The students also vandalized the Vice Chancellors vehicle. By the time of filing this report, police had taken over security at the university to quell likely destruction of property.