A resolution was made by the Makerere administration in 2018 to always distribute the food and living out allowances to students before the beginning of the semester but this was effective only once, according to government students at the university who are decrying hunger.
The students say that although there are always delays in the allowances, this semester it has been long over due. After a long delay of the allowances and empty promises by the administration to the students, they finally gave in to the pressure by the students and sent half of the allowances to the students around 7th February.
They promised that the other half of the allowances would be sent shortly after but that hasn’t been the case. It is almost a month later and there are no signs of the money or any communication concerning the matter.
Thee are also complaints from some students that didn’t get any part of their allowance due to faults in the system that haven’t been resolved. There was a case from last semester where they asked government students to go to the bursars office and confirm their data but even after that, the issues have been extended to this semester.
The student body says that they are very disappointed in the administration and they have promised to take extreme measures once the issue is not addressed.
“Students don’t fault the administration directly, they always blame us the student leaders. Well, it is true we are their representatives but the administration is really doing a lot to make us unpopular among the students yet we have no direct control over their money.” A former Guild Representative for Mary Stuart told Campus Bee.