By Goodluck Musinguzi
The Speaker of Parliament , Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah, has directed the State Minister for Higher Education Dr Muyingo John, to present a statement to Parliament tomorrow, over the closure of Gulu College of Health Sciences. This follows a concern raised by Woman MP Gulu City, Hon Betty Aol Ocan, on the matter.
The Management closed the school on Thursday last week following a demonstration by students over the revised fees structure. According to the circular issued by the school, diploma students under government sponsorship would pay Shillings 1.47 million up from Shillings 1.27 Million..
While private sponsored students would pay Shillings 2.5 million from the initial Shillings 2.077 million.
Hon Betty Aol Ocan says that the closure of the school has exposed a lot of female students to the danger of sexual exploitation by older men in exchange for food and accommodation
ACHOLI PARLIAMENTARY GROUP MEET OVER GULU COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
By Walter Kumira
Gulu College of Health Science authority has this afternoon allowed the students inside the school compound after spending four days on the streets of Gulu city.
On Thursday last week, Police in Gulu Central Police Station, commanded by Joseph Mumbere, the acting DPC, used teargas and sticks to dispersed 900 Students out of the school leading to the arrest of the Guild President of the school Saul Nasasira and causing injuries to students over alleged plan strike.
The decision to reopen the school for the students as they wait for the final decision from the Uganda Governing Council on Wednesday, came following the intervention from the Acholi Parliamentary Group.
Acholi Parliamentary Group headed by John Amos Okot, MP for Agago North Constituency, during a heated meeting together with the school leaders, students Body, and other stakeholders tasked the administration of the school to explain why the school was closed.
Jean Babalanda, the Principal of the school, said she closed down the school, because students refused to attend lectures and also didn’t want three of the tutors.
Saul Nasasira, the Guild President of the College, said students are unhappy over the increase in tuition fees structure and some elements in the fee structures like payment 200,000 Shilling for Hand washing Sanitizer and 50,000 Shilling for DSTV per Semester.
Nasasira also denied planning for strike but instead accused the school administrators for conniving with the police to disorganize the students who were busy reading their books.
Rt. Hon. Betty Aol Ocan, the Woman MP for Gulu City, who is also the former leader of Opposition in Parliament, asked the principal to open the school for the students as they wait for the final decision from the Uganda Governing Council over technical aspects of it.
Gilbert Oulanyah, the MP for Kilak South in Amuru district, said there was no sufficient reason for the principal to close down the school because the students were not violent and the teargas of the police caught them by surprise.
John Amos Okot, MP for Agago North Constituency, the general Secretary for Acholi Parliamentary Group –APG, who led the team, said the school was closed down due to lack of transparency, truthfulness and fairness from the school leaders and demanded for immediate opening of the school to allow students in as they wait for the decision.
The Uganda Governing Council is expected to sit for a meeting in Gulu City on Wednesday this week to discuss the technical aspect of the fee structure and decide on the reopening of the school.
The Members of Parliament however, cautions the students to desist from any act that can easily provoke both school administrators together with police and wait for the decision of the meeting on Wednesday.
GUILD PRESIDENT OF GULU COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE RELEASED ON BAIL
By Walter Kumira
The Guild President of Gulu College of Health Science, Saul Nasasira, was released from Police cells after spending a night in the cell
Saul Nasasira was arrested last week at the College Campus and detained at Gulu CPS on orders of the acting DPC of Gulu Central Police Station, Joseph Mumbere, during the time when Field Force Unit Police were battling with the students.
David Ongom Mudong, the PRO for Aswa River Region, says Saul Nasasira, the guild President of Guild for Gulu College of Health Science, has been charged with inciting violence under CRB 27/09/09/2021.
Ongom explained that investigations into the case are ongoing and once it’s complete the file will be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for further management.
The PRO further noted that granting Police Bone to Saul Nasasira does not mean he is now free but it is his constitutional right for anybody to get a bone.
The arrest follows last week’s fracas where Field Force Unit Police used teargas and sticks to disperse students of Gulu College of Health Science who were for peaceful demonstrations over the increment of tuition fees and unfair treatment of the school administrators.
TEARGAS ROCK GULU CITY AS POLICE BATTLES STUDENTS OF GULU COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
By Walter Kumira
Police in Gulu Central Police Station, this morning fired teargas to disperse angry students of Gulu College of health Science who were striking against the increase in tuition fees and unfair treatment from the school administrators.
According to the circular issued out to students by the school administrators during the reopening of the school, Diploma Students under Government Sponsorship would pay 1.47 Million from 1.27 million shillings while private sponsored students would pay 2.5Million from Shillings 2.077million.
Paul Joachim, one of the students, accuses the police of using excessive force to disperse students who were busy reading their books inside their dormitory and others were for peaceful demonstration in regards to unfair treatment and increment in tuition fees.
Steven Howard, another student, said they have been demanding the school authority to clarify why increasing the tuition fees for private students during these hard times but no explanation was given prompting students to organize for peaceful demonstration.
The students unanimously chanted we want the Dean of Students together with the new Principal out of the school and new tuition fees revised.
An effort to get more comments from the school administrators were futile as they were still locked up inside for an emergency meeting at the school compound by the time of filling this story.
David Ogom Mudong, the PRO for Aswa River Region, said they were forced to use teargas as the last resort after receiving intelligent reports about the students planning for strike.
Police have since then sealed off the school premises allowing students to only pick their luggage and leave the school.