Mbarara- Students of Makerere University Business School (Mubs), Mbarara campus, on Thursday protested over poor sanitation and lack of security at the institution.
They also complained that they had not been issued identity cards and had no access to internet.
They marched with placards from their campus at Kamukuzi heading to the Resident District Commissioner’s office at Booma in Mbarara Town.
However, they were blocked by police who fired teargas to disperse them. Some were arrested but later freed without any charge.
Students said the campus toilets are in a pathetic state as they do not flush something that exposes their lives to health risks.
“We have many problems that have not been solved for a long time. Among these is poor sanitation. The campus is too dirty and stinking because we only have two cleaners who are unable to clean every part of the campus daily and it’s only few toilets that can flush. We are worried about our lives,” said Mr Ben Boniface Olanya, the guild vice president.
Mr Dickens Ssali, the guild general secretary, said the students are charged money for internet but they don’t get the service, which affects their studies.
“No exam results have been put online since this semester began yet other branches have already received theirs,” Mr Ssali said.
The students also said the building housing the university has no emergency exit, fire extinguisher, security personnel or bomb detectors, which puts their lives at risk.
The campus director, Mr Pontius Byarugaba, said being a government institution, some of the issues take long to be addressed because they go through a procurement process.
He asked students to give him time to address their grievances.
“We are a government institution so we follow a long process but give me a chance. I pledge to sort out all you think is not going well,” Mr Byarugaba told the protesting students at the campus.
The officer in charge of Mbarara Central Police Station, Mr Jaffari Magyezi, said police had taken over security of the campus until the situation was deemed peaceful.
“It is of great concern to find the whole campus has no fire extinguisher, security personnel or even a bomb detector amidst these terror threats in the country. We have taken over the security of this institution until these issues are handled and we are going to establish a police post,” Mr Magyezi said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor