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Ofwono Opondo: UPDF Should Take Over Makerere University to Save it From Collapsing

Ofwono Opondo: It Constitutional for Army to Take Over Government Institutions

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Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has suggested that the military should take over Makerere University, Uganda’s premier learning institution.


Ofwono Opondo spoke at a Makerere University School of Law dialogue under the theme: Militarizing Public Service in Uganda – A Solution to the Governance Crisis? on Tuesday.

Ofwono Opondo said it was okay for the military to intervene to save Ugandan institutions.

 “It is constitutional to have the army run institutions of government and save them from collapsing,” said Ofwono Opondo.

The government mouthpiece said Makerere administrators had failed, further wondering why the army should not take over.

“There’s no military here but students are running away. You can’t calculate numbers of students here. You can’t count revenue you get from your students,” observed Ofwono Opondo.

“Now, wouldn’t it be better if the military was seconded to come and run Makerere University for you?”


Ofwono Opondo’s statement comes on the heels of an ongoing strike against proposed policies  including those on meals, tuition, evening classes and semester exams.

A meeting between university management and students on Wednesday bore no fruit.

Impatient students disrupted the meeting that lasted about seven hours.

Student leaders reportedly ordered vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe to find solutions to the strike.

But Nawangwe told the students it was only council which could give final positions on the issues.

The students vowed to continue with their strike.

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