High Court Justice Patricia Wasswa Basaza has ordered for written submissions in the case in which six students from Makerere Law School sued President Yoweri Museveni for closing the university.
High Court Justice Patricia Wasswa Basaza has this morning ordered for written submissions in the case in which six students from Makerere Law School sued President Yoweri Museveni for closing the university.
President Museveni in November last year closed Makerere University in his capacity as "the Visitor" in line with the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001.
The institution remained closed until January 2nd this year.
Museveni ordered the indefinite closure of Makerere University on November 1, 2016 following failed negotiations between the university council, administration and lecturers over their salary incentives for the past eight months.
He said the closure of the university was meant to guarantee the safety of persons and property.
The six students including Sam Ssekyewa, Moses Mushime, Cissy Nabatanzi, Emmanuel Kanyesigye and John Robert Turyakira in November last year challenged the powers held by the Visitor of Makerere University to indefinitely close the university.
They argue that the president overstepped his powers since Makerere had its supreme organ the University Council.
The applicants through their lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde of Legal Aid however argue that whereas some of their prayers have been overtaken by events, they want court to bar the president from closing the university in the future since the University Council an take such decisions.
Justice Basaza Wasswa demanded written submissions from both parties by May 29th and has set June 22nd as date for making a ruling on the matter.