By Martin T Maate
Government is considering closing Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) if the staff and administration fail to find a lasting solution to their differences and call off the strike.
This follows today’s strike by MUST students over the continued closure of the university library and lecture room which left several detained. Lecture rooms have been locked since 3rd May, following the staff’s sit down strike protesting the misconduct and abuse of office by the university vice-chancellor, Professor Celestine Obua.
Emmy Kateera Turyabegyenyi – the Mbarara district deputy RDC while addressing the press noted that the university administration should solve their grievances lest, the government will close it. He explained that soon, the office of the RDC is set to meet with MUST administration to discuss the next agenda of the university.
A one Robert Mushabe, a student at Mbarara University says that as students, they are left in the shadow of what is next for the university. “We are starting exams on 13 May but we are not attending any classes at the moment as lecture rooms remain closed”, Mushabe said.
The students now want the University officials together with the guild to declare the next move to enable students know whether to go home or prepare for exams.