Students of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) are furious following an order from the university top management that directs the closure of all canteens in the university premises.
Campus Bee has learned that the move was made in a bid to promote the university kitchen, which is currently being run by the institution’s administration.
The canteens’ closure was followed by mixed reactions from students who complain that majority of students at the Mbarara-based university cannot afford the prices at which a meal is sold at the university kitchen.
Dominah Tushemereirwe, a student at MUST has revealed that the move to close the six canteens that have been serving students at friendly prices is totally unfair.
Another student named Julius Twijukye says that the events happening at the University are only leading to a tougher crisis before attacking the administration for not consulting the users (students) of the canteens.
The operators have reportedly been asked to stop working at the end of this month (June, 2019) and those who fail to comply will be fined by the university.
According to Julius Taremwa, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Senior Administration Forum (MUSTASA) general secretary, the staff members have been informed that the move is aimed at creating market for the University Kitchen.
The closure of the canteens comes in the middle of a disagreement between the University Staff Association and the Vice Chancellor Prof Celestine Obua who they want to resign for allegedly swindling the university’s money.