Ugandan Universities: Civil liberties in peril

Things that make you go WHAAAAT? The Human Resources Manual of Makerere University Kampala contravenes the Employment Act. WHAAT? How is it that an institution that is supposed to produce the thinkers, strategists, governors, leaders of our nation and other nations cannot even have its own house in order? Need we be surprised with our country’s prevailing leadership challenge?

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striking-makerere-university-students- Striking Makerere University students. © The Observer Newspaper

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought – not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. v. Schwimmer, 1928.

If there is one place where the matrix of freedoms should flourish, it should be at the university. As special kinds of small societies, universities are supposed to be a demonstration of what a nation aspires to be – a free society where freedom in all its manifestations thrives. This freedom is increasingly under threat in Ugandan universities.

Recent strange developments at Makerere University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Africa, have left many baffled.

On the basis of frivolous  allegations, three leaders of the Makerere Administrative Staff Association…

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