Juba University bans political rallies in a bid to curb students’ protests
Nov 2, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s university of Juba has banned all political rallies within the university premises in a bid to curb the ongoing students protests.
The school has experienced two major students’ demonstrations this year with the latest one leading to the university suspending all its undergraduate lectures for three weeks.
The recent unrest happened on October 26th when students at the University of Juba staged protests against the decision by the university to restrict access to those who have not cleared their fees.
The move comes as the university expelled some of its students while suspending others citing the two major students’ unrest this year; the January and October unrests.
According to a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, the university expelled or suspended students according to the magnitude of their participation in the demonstrations.
“the Dean’s Board in an extraordinary meeting on the 30th of October resolved that students involved in the events should either be dismissed or suspended depending on the magnitude of their involvement,” read part of the statement.
Some students have been suspended for two academic years and fined with over 50,000 SSP.
The circular also stated that those suspended will upon return pay between 2,000 SSP to 50,000 SSP for the cost of damages incurred by the university.
Many of the current South Sudanese elites have at one time attended this University and some or most of them have once used the university premises to fight their war of liberation.
They argue that this could be adding fear among these elites who believe that the university facilities could be turned into “Sowetos” by students to demand radical changes in the country.
The ban is expected to at least end the demonstrations that are seen as a threat to the academic stability of the University.