Strikes gave me hard time at MUK, Ddumba confesses

Prof. Ddumba

Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu, the outgoing Makerere University vice chancellor, says he found a hard time dealing with strikes during his tenure.

Speaking to URN in an exclusive interview at his home on Wednesday evening, Prof. Ddumba described his five year term at the helm of Makerere University as tough, but one that taught him a lot of lessons.

According to Prof. Ddumba, he was initially stressed with the rampant strikes at the university and couldn’t sleep, but got used in the long run.

Prof. Ddumba, who sounded relieved, said that he experienced the worst strikes in his early tenure in office in February 2013 when he attempted to enforce the 60 per cent tuition policy.

The policy required students to pay at 60 percent of their tuition within six weeks of the semester. However, the students rejected the policy describing as draconian and decided to strike.

They stormed the administration block demanding for more time to clear tuition in vain. Prof. Ddumba cited the times when students demanded that he comes to address them on the tuition policy but he turned down the requests.



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