Uganda Students Strike over Poor Quality Meals
Makerere university resident students from Lumumba, Mary Stuart and Complex halls have protested the poor quality meals in their hostels.
The angry students poured down all the food they had been served for supper in the protest.
It will be recalled that in 2014, Makerere University in a bid to focus on its core functions of teaching and research stopped providing meals to government-sponsored students in halls of residence, and outsourced catering services to private firms.
Under the new system, students from different halls of residence were grouped to share service points. For instance residents of Mary Stuart, Complex and Lumumba halls have their meals at Mary Stuart hall; Livingstone shares a serving point with Africa Hall, unlike in the past, where students had meals at their respective halls of residence.
“At the beginning, food was better than what was being provided by government. The quality has since deteriorated as the beans being served contain weevils,” said Lumumba hall chairperson, Gerald Wabugoya Kamanah.
He said the private meal providers are also rude when responding to students’ complaints.
The university’s chief security officer Jackson Mucunguzi who calmed the riotous students said the issue will be sorted today.
The university administration privatised meals arguing that feeding students was increasingly becoming expensive yet government had failed to increase the money it paid for feeding its students.